Air Conditioner- Common Summer Problems

Preventing & Identifying Air Conditioner Problems

With Summer right around the corner, you’re probably daydreaming about barbeques in the backyard, hot days in the pool or at the beach, or even of spending time on one of the beautiful Mid-Michigan lakes. No matter where the warm breeze carries your thoughts off to, one thing is almost for certain, you’ll be wanting to come home to comfortable and cool house. Unfortunately, every year we see far too many home owners with an air conditioner that isn’t working on some of the hottest days of the year. Naturally, we always get their A/C up and running again as quickly as we can but sometimes that just can’t be fast enough! To help you prevent the stress and financial burden of an air conditioning emergency Three T’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, INC offers yearly service plans, as well as, one time service visits. It’s always better to be safe than roasting your pants off!

If you’re not sure when you last had your system serviced or if you are experiencing any of the following common summer A/C problems it’s time to call in your neighborhood plumbing, heating and cooling contractor! Here are a few warning signs to watch for with your air conditioner.

Running Non-Stop

If you find you’re A/C is running non-stop or kicking on far more often than it used to you may have a problem. This common problem can be a sign that the refrigerant in your condenser may be getting low and need to be recharged! If this problem sounds like one you are facing it’s time to give us a call!

An outside air conditioner unit. Also referred to as a condenser.

Electrical Issues

Your home’s air conditioner can be more vulnerable to electrical issues in the Summer as they are not only handling an increased workload after, likely, an entire 6 months or more off, but is often subject to excessive heat and exposure to the sun. One or both of these factors can lead to a failed capacitator, one of the most common service call issues. It’s also important to take note and be careful when digging or weed whacking around or near the condenser unit.

Poor Air Flow

Poor air flow can be due to a few different causes including a dirty filter. We could never stress enough how important it is to replace your furnace filter often and have your vents cleaned at least yearly! That build up in your ducting can not only lead to excessive dirt, dust, and allergens in your home. But it can also ruin your HVAC system! Air flow can also be restricted by vegetation, debris or lawn items around the condenser. If you have to hide your condenser unit for your HOA that you leave at least one side exposed. Don’t forget to check and maintenance this area with your weekly lawn chores either. It’s always a good idea to clean off your condenser after the Winter. You can easily do this with your water hose after turning the power to the unit.

Thermostat Problems

Your thermostat can cause big problems for your system if it isn’t working properly or dies. Be sure to set a reminder to change your batteries every six to eight months. Upgrading to a smart thermostat can not only help you keep your home comfortable but also allow you to save money while keeping your home just the right temperature when you’re home. If your thermostat is near a main door it might be a good idea to put a proper covering over the thermostat. This will help reduce drafts from kicking the unit on every time you open the door!

Condenser Failure

An air conditioning condenser can die if not properly maintenance over time. Be sure to always get regular maintenance and call at the first sign of trouble to prevent any unforeseen problems. However, your furnace and air conditioner have a life span and will eventually need replacement. That time frame for a high efficiency regularly taken care of system is 10-15 years. When that time comes we will be here to help you make the best choice for your home. Until then, we have the BASC service plan system check to keep your current system running efficiently for as long as possible.

Now that you know what problems to watch for, it’s time to get your yearly service check scheduled! That’s all that stands between you and a cool, worry-free Summer in beautiful Mid-Michigan! So what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and give us a call! We’ll take great care of you, as if you were our own family!

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