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3 Minor AC Issues (That Can Ruin a Summer Day)

ac-repairIs there anything more frustrating than that one little, teeny-tiny thing that just so happens to cause the most amount of problems? There are plenty of examples out there in real life, but in particular, we’re talking about how one small issue with your air conditioner can put your AC out of commission.

Now, these problems aren’t going to destroy your AC and force you to buy a new one. However, they certainly can cause your AC to overheat, stop operating, or keep you from getting cool. In other words, you won’t be able to get relief from the heat until you’ve gotten air conditioning repair in Sewell, NJ. We’ll go over just three of them so that you can know what to expect next time your AC seems to be giving you trouble.

The Burned-Out Capacitor

A simple but common problem in the summer is the broken capacitor.

The capacitor’s main function is to store energy. When your AC first starts up for the day, it needs a strong jolt of energy to the fans—that’s where the capacitor comes in. After that, the capacitor’s job is done.

However, an overworked or aged capacitor might burn out before it can perform this essential function. When you add the heat of summer into the mix, you can see how your outdoor unit’s capacitor is susceptible to overheating.

There are two types of capacitors: one that helps the system startup, and one that keeps it running. If either if these capacitors burn out, you won’t be able to get the AC to stay on.

The Dirty Air Filter

If there’s one thing the owner of an AC unit can do to prevent issues with their system, it’s this:

Replacing the air filter.

All air conditioners come equipped with one—and sometimes two—air filters. The function of these filters isn’t necessarily to keep your air clean, but rather, to prevent the AC from getting clogged up with dust and dirt.

Without an air filter installed, various components in your AC will collect that dust instead. Excessive dirt can cause motors to burn out, the evaporator coil to freeze over, and a general lack of airflow—and that in itself can lead to a slew of problems.

Air filters will eventually get clogged with dirt. Once that happens, the filter will no longer be able to do its job efficiently. It will be more difficult for your AC to transport air through the unit, and that will lead to inevitable increases in energy costs.

A Malfunctioning Thermostat

Your AC operates only under the direction of the thermostat. It seems simple on the outside: you enter a temperature, and your home gets cooler.

On the inside, it’s a different story: The AC will go through a series of timed cooling cycles to reach that temperature.

But if the thermostat malfunctions, the desired temperature won’t be properly communicated to the AC. This can lead to short cycling, an error that causes your system to turn on and off far more rapidly than it should.

Short cycling will force your AC to work overtime, contributing to increased energy bills and unneeded wear-and-tear. Before you know it, your unit could overheat.

Is it time to have your air conditioner inspected? Contact SPS Mechanical Inc. today to schedule an appointment for repairs.

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