What Might be Causing Low Air Conditioner Output

Frozen-CoilSummer is when your air conditioner is most likely to develop some kind of problem, even if you have maintenance scheduled for it on a regular basis. A malfunction in your air conditioner can manifest in many ways, some of which are more obvious than others. It’s important that you be able to identify when your air conditioner is giving off signs of an issue, so that you can have it repaired as soon as possible. One of the more common signs of an air conditioner issue is low output. Have a look below at some of the reasons why your air conditioner might not be cooling as well as it should be.

Refrigerant Leaks

Your air conditioner is supposed to use the same charge of refrigerant from the time it is installed onwards. The supply is recycled back and forth between the coils of the system, moving heat from inside your home outside. A refrigerant leak poses a threat to this operation, though. The lower the refrigerant level in the system drops, the less able the air conditioner will be to cool the home. If you notice fluid dripping from your air conditioner, especially if it accompanies a drop in output, you should have a technician take a look at it as soon as possible.

Clogged Air Filter

The real issue with the air filter is that most homeowners aren’t even aware that they have one in their air conditioner. They do, though, and it needs to be changed out every few months in order to keep operating properly. If this doesn’t happen, then the filter will become clogged. A clogged air filter will prevent most of the air in the ducts from flowing into the air conditioner. Less air flowing into the system means less air for the air conditioner to circulate throughout the house. A clogged air filter can also cause the evaporator coil to freeze over eventually, which will prevent the system from operating well at all. Make sure that you change your air filter every three months while you’re using the system, just to be safe.

Short Cycling

If your air conditioner is turning on and off every couple of minutes, it’s short cycling. Short cycling is the result of an electrical problem, and prevents the system from cooling as well as it should be. It also increases the wear and tear the system suffers over time, making it more and more likely to suffer issues the longer it short cycles. If you notice your air conditioner short cycling, it’s a good idea to call for repairs as soon as possible. Chronic short cycling will typically shorten the lifespan of the air conditioner, so having it addressed sooner is much better than later.

Service King Plumbing & HVAC provides air conditioning repair services throughout Lake in the Hills, IL. If your air conditioner is having issues of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians. We’ll keep your air conditioner healthy this summer.

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