If you’ve lived in Florida for even just a year, you know that there really isn’t such thing as “fall” or “winter”… at least not how our neighbors up north understand it. Fall foliage and warm cozy fires, while it snows outside just, aren’t a thing here.
So when you see advice on what to do with your air conditioner at the “end” of the season, you probably laugh! Still though, because of how much we actually use our air conditioners, it’s actually even more important that you read blog posts like this. Since your air conditioner got a lot of work this past season and still has a lot of work to go through, it’s important to be aware of repair needs it might have. Knowing the signs that your air conditioner needs repair and getting them on your schedule now can save you a headache and an expensive bill later. Read on to learn what AC repair needs we’re talking about.
Capacitors are vital electrical components that your air conditioner needs to operate. They work by sending an electrical current to the air conditioner’s motors to start them up and keep them running. These capacitors are sensitive to high heat, and therefore can lose their ability to hold an electrical charger after a long, hot summer. YOu might notice your air conditioner making clicking sounds when it starts, or you may notice your air conditioner shutting down before it reaches the desired temperature on your thermostat. These can both be signs of a failing capacitor, and while this is a natural part of wear and tear, it’s still an issue you want to have professionally repaired ASAP.
An Overheating Motor
Have you noticed an acrid, burning odor coming from your air conditioner or from any of the room vents? A common cause of this is that one of the motors is overheating and can burn out. This can occur due to loss of lubrication, or too much dust on the motor. Shut down your air conditioner and call right away for repairs! Our technicians can help.
A Frozen Evaporator Coil
The indoor coils of your air conditioner are known as the evaporator coils. This is where the cold refrigerant evaporates to remove heat from the inside of your home. The evaporator coils should never have ice forming on them–ice is never part of the cooling process. If you do see this, it means that refrigerant isn’t absorbing heat like it should, and is remaining so cold that it’s freezing moisture along the surface of the coil. This can happen for a number of reasons, including dirt on the coil or a refrigerant leak. Whatever the cause, it is something that needs to be remedied right away so you don’t risk a completely broken down air conditioner.
Have you noticed that the air coming through one or two vents in your home doesn’t seem as strong as it used to? This can be the sign of ductwork damage. Alternatively, if it’s through the whole house it could be a problem with the air conditioner itself. The only way to know for sure is to call in the pros!