We’re approaching the end of summer, and Riverside, CA homeowners are probably breathing a sigh of relief after being hit with another brutal round of patented hot weather. But those temperatures are apt to stay high for another few weeks at least, and while your air conditioner may have been doing reliable work for the bulk of the summer, now is a particularly dangerous time for it. Those months of efforts can leave a mark, and while good maintenance can help keep that risk to a minimum, you’re still apt to encounter some common AC problems in late summer. We’ve listed a few of them that you should look out for below.
- Dust-related Issues. Dust is an omnipresent issue here on the edge of the desert, and your air conditioning system is bound to pick some up while doing its job. It can settle on moving parts – increasing the friction and the possibility of a breakdown – and when it coats the evaporator coil, it can lead to a drastic drop in your air conditioner’s efficiency.
- Low Refrigerant. Your air conditioner relies on refrigerant, which theoretically cycles through a closed loop. But leaks spring up from time to time, and low refrigerant can severely impede your system’s ability to do its job. The good news is that a technician can seal the leak and recharge refrigerant levels fairly easily.
- Clogs slow down the flow or air, making it harder for your system to do its job and raising monthly bills, as well as increasing the risks of a more serious breakdown in the future. They usually occur with filters that haven’t been cleaned or replaced in a while, but they can also occur wherever dust and debris build up in the system.
If you experience AC problems in the late summer, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air right away!