Located in Whippany, New Jersey and serving Morris, Essex, Union, and Bergen Counties since 2000, Air 1 Heating & Cooling provides personalized, high-quality thermostat installation services. Check out our article below to learn about some of the common problems with air conditioning systems and how they can be repaired.
Air conditioning systems have become a common convince in many northern homes. As spring and summer are approaching, keeping up with the maintenance of your AC system can save you money and assure that your home will be comfortable in the coming months. Below are some of the most common problems with AC systems and how to fix them:
Check the AC System Filter
One of the most common reasons an AC system does not work properly is a clogged filter. Dirty filters reduce the flow of air, put additional strain on your system, and can even cause the AC unit to freeze. The manufacturer’s suggestions as to how often to change your air filter should be followed, with most systems requiring a new air filter every 1 to 3 months. One way to determine if a filter needs to be changed is to check if any light passes through it. If the filter is clogged and no light passes through it, you should change it out for a new one.
Check for a Clogged Drain Line
As air conditioners remove heat from your home, they pull moisture out of the air. The moisture collected by your AC system is collected and drained out of your home. The plumbing that carries the excess moisture can become clogged with algae over time and needs to be cleaned regularly. Having a professional clean these drainage lines is recommended.
Look for Refrigerant Leaks
When an AC system develops a coolant leak, your unit will be working harder to maintain the desired temperature. Letting a leak go can cause further damage to your system. If the temperature in your home fluctuates, or the system is constantly running, you should have it inspected by a professional for leaks.
Check the Breakers or Fuses in Your Home
Breakers and fuses keep your AC unit’s compressor motor from overheating and drawing too much energy. When the compressor motor dies or is beginning to wear out, checking the AC breakers will be the first step in diagnosing the problem. Checking the breakers in your home’s fuse box can be done by yourself but checking the breakers and fuses on the system itself should be performed by a professional.
Have a Professional Inspect the Coils
Evaporator coils are located inside your home and absorb heat in the air inside your home. Coils can become corroded and dirty. They should be inspected by a professional.
Condenser coils are located outside and expel the heat collected from the inside of your home. They often require regular cleaning since they are exposed to the elements. Though they can usually be cleaned with a water hose, a professional can do a much better job with a chemical-based cleaner.
Air 1 Heating & Cooling is a family owned and operated local business. We are located in Whippany, New Jersey and serve residents and businesses in Morris, Essex, Union, and Bergen Counties. We are YOUR full-service NJ heating and cooling company, and our goal is to provide homeowners and businesses with the finest heating and cooling systems available at an affordable cost. Call Air 1 Heating & Cooling at 973-447-4165 with any questions regarding air conditioning maintenance today!