Common Issues with Your Air Conditioner
You probably panic at the thought of air conditioner problems in the middle of a San Antonio summer. It’s ok. At Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating, we completely understand that an issue with your air conditioner could run you out of your own home indefinitely, and no one wants that!
When temperatures start heating up, you need your air conditioner working properly, but oftentimes, this is precisely the time when your AC will begin to act up. Looking at it yourself probably won’t do a lot of good unless you’re a trained air conditioning repair person. If not, the ins and outs of an air conditioning system may be completely foreign to you.
Luckily, there are plenty of skilled professionals out there who can give you insight into why your air conditioner isn’t working correctly. Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating is one of the companies you can call. We employ seasoned technicians who have seen just about everything, so it’s pretty tough to surprise them anymore!
A wiring problem can be the result of faulty installation. If you chose to use an air conditioning company that is not highly rated, it was probably hard to tell what you were getting. Companies like this sometimes charge lower rates to attract customers. Their mistakes could cost you in the long run if you have wiring problems. This could lead to connectivity issues or electrical problems.
Another wiring issue could be that a wire has rubbed against some other part within your air conditioning unit for so long that it has begun to wear down. This could cause the same kind of problems mentioned above. These problems are generally easy to repair and to prevent from happening in the future.
Refrigerant isn’t like the gas or oil in your car…it never needs to be replaced. The only time that you may have to replace the refrigerant is if your system develops a leak and loses some of its refrigerant. You can usually tell if you have a refrigerant leak because there will be a hissing or bubbling sound coming from your outdoor component.
We recommend that you hire an expert to deal with refrigerant issues, because it can be a dangerous substance if it touches your skin or is accidentally ingested. This goes for pets and children as well as the do-it-yourselfer. A professional will know best how to handle refrigerant and dispose of it safely.
There are two fans inside your air conditioning unit: the blower and the condenser fan.
The blower’s motor creates air movement, forcing the cool air out of the unit’s evaporator coil and into the ducts that lead straight inside. Blower motors have several moving parts that can break or malfunction, so we definitely check it out when your air conditioner is having a problem.
The condenser fan motor’s job is to move air across the condenser coil in order to change the coolant from gas into liquid. Problems with this fan can lead to a complete breakdown of your air conditioner.
Some problems are very simple to identify and repair. Thermostat issues fall into this category, for the most part. If your thermostat gets bumped, it could become uncalibrated. This means that it will detect the wrong temperature and send signals to your air conditioner based on those inaccurate temperatures.
You can usually recalibrate your thermostat yourself. It is a fairly easy task, and it fixes many thermostat issues. If you do not feel comfortable recalibrating your thermostat, you can definitely have an expert do it for you. Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating sees these simple issues all the time and can usually have a thermostat issue repaired in about an hour.
The condenser coils in your unit are the part of the system where the refrigerant stays. The coils are typically made of copper or aluminum because these materials provide maximum conductivity.
The main issue we see with coils is that they freeze up. A frozen coil usually leads back to an airflow issue. This could be connected to your filters, ductwork or fan issues. Your technician will need to do a thorough examination to find the root of the problem and fix everything, not just make a minor repair that won’t fix anything long term.