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Common Air Conditioner Maintenance Issues

by Feride Halma

The last thing you want is for you air conditioning unit to stop working on you in the height of the summer. If you forgot to have your unit inspected by your air conditioner repair service this year, you might be facing one of these common air conditioner maintenance issues.  

Dirty Filters

If you often have the AC on or you have pets, you might have this issue. Dirt and dust can clog your filters, not only polluting the air, but making your air conditioning unit less effective. It's recommended that you change your filters once a month, especially if you have allergies.  

Running Low on Refrigerant

Refrigerant is the chemical inside of your AC unit that allows the air to cool. If your air isn't coming out cold, this could be the reason. It may sound like an easy fix, but actually, the majority of the time you have low refrigerant it's because of a leak. This can quickly devolve into a larger problem, so you might want to call local AC repair services such as Custom Comfort.

It's Too Warm Near the Thermostat

If your thermostat is located near an appliance or in direct sunlight, it might register that heat as the temperature of the whole house. Not only could this be increasing the cost of your utilities, but it could also be putting unneeded strain on your unit. Keeping curtains closed in the summers and moving your TV are easy fixes.

Plants Are in the Way

The outside compressor needs plenty of space for free airflow. If plants are within two feet of the compressor, they could be obstructing the airflow, potentially causing a major waste of energy. Also, make sure that there are no trees dangling too close to the top of the unit for the same reason.   

Clogged Registers and Vents

Your registers and vents can become easily clogged with dirt, dust, and pet hair. To keep airflow clean and efficient, routinely vacuum your registers and vents. Also make sure that there are no rugs, plants, or furniture blocking them.   

While many common air conditioner repair issues can be easily fixed, some, like a leak in your AC unit, could become costly disasters further down the road. Having your AC unit serviced every year can help you avoid these money wasting mistakes, while changing your filters every month will keep your air cleaner and cooler.