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The Most Frustrating Summertime AC Problems

woman-cooling-off-with-room-fanSummer is in full swing, and you’re living comfortably with your newly installed or maintained air conditioner. Nothing could possibly go wrong. At least, not until it breaks down and stops working for no reason. Could there be anything more frustrating?

Actually, we can think of a few things…

The indoor unit’s fan is not working

Imagine that your air conditioner is running smoothly. It turns on according to the programmed schedule and there are no strange noises. Internally, the condenser and evaporator coils are working tirelessly to transfer hot air outside, thus leaving you with refreshing cold air. Except, when you put your hand up to the vent, you don’t feel anything. So it looks like there’s one thing that isn’t working the way it’s supposed to…

And it’s the indoor fan (the blower). This means that no matter how much cool air is created by your AC, it won’t have anywhere to go if the blower can’t blow it around. All that precious cool air is trapped inside your unit with nowhere to go.

There are a few reasons why the blower might suddenly stop working. One is that there is some kind of obstruction preventing it from moving. Another could be that the fan motor has burnt out. This could be simply due to age, or perhaps from increased wear-and-tear by a dirty and dusty system.

The evaporator coil has frozen

Similar to the broken blower, a frozen evaporator coil will prevent your home from getting any cool air. Even though your AC sounds like it’s working to the best of its ability, there’s simply no air coming out of the vents.

You decide to inspect the AC and find an enormous block of ice in your unit: the evaporator coil is completely covered in frost. It’s not surprising that many homeowners think this is the sign of a properly working air conditioner—how could ice in the summer be a bad thing?

Unfortunately, a frozen coil is the definite sign of a problem. It mostly means that the cool air generated by your AC is not going anywhere; it’s all getting frozen and sticking to the unit! This creates blockage that will prevent your home from ever getting cool.

The system is short-cycling

We’ve saved the worst for last. Short-cycling is when your air conditioner turns on and off, repeatedly. The worst part? It’s not doing its job at all. Your AC cools your home by going through long, continuous cooling cycles. Shortened cycles do just the opposite and will never get your home at the desired temperature, no matter how hard it sounds like it’s working.

The reason short-cycling is so frustrating is that it very well could mean that your air conditioner is too powerful for your home. The only solution, at that point, is to replace the whole thing with help from an air conditioning repair company in Riverside, CA. Plus, short-cycling isn’t something you can just ignore until it goes away. Starting up an AC takes significantly more power than when it stays on, which will have a direct effect on the energy bill and the system’s quality of life.

We won’t leave you frustrated in the heat. Contact A-Avis Home Services Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today. Serving The Greater Riverside Area For 60+ Years.

 

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