3 Reasons Why AC Units Break Down During the Summer
It’s summertime, which means it's time for high humidity and soaring heat, and the last thing you want is for your AC unit to go out. Below we list five of the most common issues that can lead to AC failure. If you observe any of these problems, then contact a Kimbro Air technician right away.
The number one reason why an AC unit either breaks down or does not work as well as it should is due to the equipment being neglected. HVAC systems require annual inspections and preventative maintenance to ensure that all the components are operating at peak performance. This will give your air conditioner extended life and safeguard it during the summer months when you need it the most.
AC inspections entail the following:
- Remove all debris from the unit and clean out any brush that may be in proximity.
- Remove the cover grill to clean out any debris inside the unit.
- Inspect and adjust the fins if any are bent.
- Lubricate and balance the motor.
- Clean out all coils including the condenser and the evaporator.
- Inspect the drain line and clear it out if there is any blockage.
- Clean or replace the air filters.
- Reseal the air distribution registers.
The AC Unit Operates without Stopping
To be clear, there’s nothing unusual about an AC unit running without cycling on and off. Operating with fewer cycles can actually be better for the entire system. After all, it is hotter outside, and an ongoing system can dehumidify your home as well as reduce the amount of wear and tear on the equipment from turning on and off.
If your AC unit never turns off, however, then it’s obvious you have a problem. Here are some things to consider:
Overuse. If you’re jacking your AC down to 60 degrees and the AC unit never has an opportunity to rest, then it could burn up or break down prematurely.
Thermostat temp is not reached. You keep lowering the thermostat, but the desired temperature is never reached.
The air conditioner is too small. If the AC unit is not big enough to cool your house, then it will keep trying until it does. In other words, it won’t stop. Eventually, the motor will burn up, or the coils will freeze over.
Restricted air flow. Reduced air circulation could be caused by dirty air filters, blocked vents, leaking ductwork or a weak motor.
The System is Worn Out
With proper maintenance and care, an AC system is designed to last up to 15 years. Once the warranty expires, you can begin to see signs of aging in all the equipment. Although some repairs can be made to restore the system, the unit will need to be replaced eventually. A worn out air conditioner will cost you more money in maintenance and high utility bills than a full replacement.
Get Your AC Unit Inspected Today!
If you’ve never had your air conditioner inspected, then now is the time. Contact us at Kimbro Air today. Our certified and knowledgeable technicians can perform a thorough evaluation as well as perform a complete maintenance on your entire AC system. Call us today at 615-824-8098 or message us on our contact page.