6 Common Central Air Conditioner Problems and What to do About Them

It’s that time of the year here in the Central Connecticut when we really depend on our air conditioners to provide us with relief from the summer heat. So when something goes wrong with our cooling systems, it can be extremely frustrating. In order to help you better understand what can go wrong with your central air conditioner, we’ve listed six common problems that homeowners encounter and what to do about them!

Common central air conditioner problems

Lack of professional maintenance. Getting an annual tune-up is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure that your air conditioner continues to function properly throughout the summer. Without yearly maintenance, your system can experience all sorts of problems that will reduce its efficiency, lead to breakdowns and shorten its operating life. If you haven’t already had your annual maintenance this year, schedule an appointment today!

No power to your system. If your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, there’s a chance that it isn’t receiving any power. Head over to your circuit breaker and see if the breaker to your air conditioner has tripped. If so, reset it and see if it turns back on. If your unit still won’t turn on after you’ve checked your circuit breaker, contact Silver City Furnace.

Refrigerant leaks. Your air conditioner requires a specific amount of refrigerant in order to cool your home properly. When a refrigerant leak develops, your system will have a tough time keeping your home cool. These leaks require one of our technicians to come to your home, repair the leak and recharge your system. Keep in mind that checking your refrigerant levels is part of your annual tune-up!

Clogged air filter. If your air conditioner is running with a clogged air filter, it will have to work extra hard to keep air flowing properly. This not only decreases your system’s efficiency, but also increases its risk of overheating and breaking down. Make sure to check and/or change your filter once a month this summer.

Dirt buildup on coils. A dirty air filter (above) will also allow dirt to make its way to your system and build up on your indoor coils. Your outdoor coils can also get coated with dirt over time. In both scenarios, dirty coils make it difficult for your air conditioner to effectively cool your home. Along with keeping up with your filter changes, make sure you have your annual tune-up so your technician can clean your coils!

Blocked condensate drain. If your condensate drain is blocked, it will cause water to leak around your air conditioner and could trigger your unit to shut down. Make sure to contact Silver City Furnace if you notice any signs of water buildup around your unit!

If you have any questions about these central air conditioner problems, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Silver City Furnace, your local air conditioning specialist.