An air conditioner is a pretty complex system with lots of different parts
that have to work properly in order to do its job. However, these critical
parts are not fail-proof and that means one could eventually wear out,
grow old, or stop functioning, leading to your system breaking down and
you without the cool air you need. In order to help you better understand
what might be going on with your air conditioner, here are four of the
most common issues that can cause a breakdown.
Your air conditioner is stocked with a chemical fluid known as “refrigerant”
that acts as a sort-of heat transfer vehicle for the refrigeration process.
This involves the refrigerant being sent along a series of lines between
your indoor and outdoor units. Any small gaps or cracks in these lines
can lead to the refrigerant leaking out, throwing the entire system’s
pressure out of balance, and causing it to stop producing cold air.
Condensation is when water vapor sticks to a cooler surface, turning into
drops of water. This happens frequently on your condenser coil, which
means your air conditioner does produce water. Normally this water is
disposed of through a drain line, but a clogged drain or damaged drain
pan can lead to water damage in your home.
The outdoor unit of your air conditioner has three things: a compressor,
condenser coils, and a fan. The fan is important because it uses air to
remove heat from the compressor as it works. If the fan isn’t working
properly, the compressor can’t shed heat, causing it to overheat
and possibly become damaged, as well as force your entire system to shut down.
The condenser coils are also located in your outdoor unit. Unlike your
compressor, these pieces can actually get so cold the water condensing
on them can
freeze if temperatures get out of control. Yes, this can happen even on the hottest
of days in direct sunlight. This is usually the result of poor airflow
or low refrigerant levels. Replace your air filter first and then call
a Palm Beach County air conditioning expert if you need a refrigerant recharge.
Our team is standing by to help you with emergency repairs!
Call Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC today if you’re experiencing an air conditioning problem.