The summer months mean fun in the sun; however, for your AC unit, they also mean additional strain. Unfortunately, AC issues and the need for repairs can pop up at the most inconvenient times. While regular maintenance can help mitigate the need for repairs, issues can still occur. Getting to know some of the most common AC issues that occur during the summer months can help reduce the discomfort you experience.
While you have likely heard the term “Freon” used regarding your AC system, you may not realize that this is a brand name for a certain type of refrigerant. Some people believe that if an AC system is no longer cooling, then it just needs to have the “Freon” recharged. However, this doesn’t solve the issue.
When the refrigerant leaks out of your system, it means there is something wrong. Because the refrigerant is such an essential component of your AC system, it is designed so it remains in the unit forever. If your refrigerant lines are leaking, they will need to be sealed.
Blocked Condensate Lines
This is definitely an issue you will want to avoid. A clogged condensate line can result in water backing up into your home. This happens when debris and buildup accumulate. Leaking air conditioners usually only have to be cleaned, and this is something that will be done when you have maintenance performed on your unit. This is simple to prevent, just make sure that you have your AC unit inspected and evaluated a few times a year.
Fan Belt Replacement
This is one of the easiest issues for you to prevent. If a fan belt wears down, the technician just has to take it off and replace it with a new one. This is a small part, and it is typically available for an affordable price.
You may begin to notice your fan belt is making a squeaking noise, which is the first indication of a problem. Don’t ignore this, because this one small component can result in your AC unit not working.
Replacement of an Important System Component
No homeowner wants to have to deal with this during the summer months. Getting a part that’s the right match for your equipment is often difficult, and it can also be expensive. Having to replace a major system component can also result in you spending quite a bit of money. As a result, you should have regular system inspections to ensure there are no small issues with your AC that could turn into bigger issues in the future.
If you want to remain cool and comfortable this summer, the best thing you can do is have your system inspected and maintained on a regular basis. In the long run, this will help you save both time and money, and ensure you remain comfortable even when the temperatures reach the triple digits. Calling the professionals at the first sign of an issue can also help you reduce the damages and problems with your system.