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Four Common Air Conditioner Problems

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.

Refrigerant Leaks

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.

Drainage Issues

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.

Compressor Fan

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.

Frozen Coils

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.

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