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What to Do About These Common AC Issues

ac-unitIf you’ve been lurking the internet hoping for a solution to your air conditioner problems, we have just the thing for you. Not only did we compile a list of some very common AC problems, but we even provided a bit of “next action” steps on what you can do to fix it.

But here’s a fair warning: most of these problems can’t be fixed without a professional. If you were hoping for a way to get by without needing one, we urge you to change that mindset. Serious air conditioning problems require serious attention, and only from those certified to handle it.

With that in mind, here they are:

Dirty Air Filter

This problem can disguise itself as many different AC problems—and very serious ones at that. The air filter’s job is to prevent dust and dirt from getting into the air conditioner. However, neglecting to change the air filter can be just as bad, since it will restrict airflow and create several problems.

What to do about it: Simply change the filter! We mention this issue first because it’s the easiest one to fix by yourself. The air filter should be changed about every three months, and possibly sooner if necessary. Call up an expert if the problem persists even after changing the filter.

Dirty Condenser Coil

The condenser coil is a big block of tubing, wrapped up and situated in your AC’s outdoor unit. Its main job is to help release warm air and to help the AC refrigerant change phases. However, if the condenser coil is covered with dust or debris, it can act like an insulator and retain that warm air. This can ruin the AC’s performance and lead to some serious issues if not resolved.

What to do about it: With the right approach, you can clean the coils yourself. However, we suggest calling up your air conditioning expert in Riverside, CA to get an opinion on how to do that. Using the wrong chemicals could potentially corrode the coils, nor would you want to get liquids into the wrong areas.

Frozen Evaporator Coil

On the other and of the AC, in the indoor unit, we have the evaporator coil. This coils job is to absorb warm air, thus leaving your home cooler. However, if something is preventing this coil from doing that, the air will become so cold that it will actually start developing frost and ice. A frozen evaporator coil will restrict airflow and can lead to compressor damage.

What to do about it: Please don’t try to chip away the ice! Simply turn off the unit and let it thaw off completely. Then, try changing the air filter and starting it up again. If the problem persists, you likely have a more serious issue on your hands, and you’ll need to call up an expert.

If you have a problem with your air conditioner, don’t count on the internet to fix it for you. Contact A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today to schedule a service. Like our shoe covers, our customers are the coolest! Call AVIS for your HVAC needs!

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