Common Summer Air Conditioning Problems

Nov 15, 2017

The summer heat and humidity in Brisbane is almost impossible to bear without an air conditioning system. As the weather gets hotter and your air conditioning begins to operate more and more, issues can arise, even when your system is well maintained. Here are some of the most common problems you can face this Summer.

Short Cycling

This is perhaps the most common central air conditioning problem and also one of the easiest to notice. Short cycling occurs when your air conditioner rapidly cycles on and off. When it turns on and off every few minutes, it hampers the system’s output and causes internal parts to wear down quickly. If your air condition continues to short cycle for an extended period, it will become more prone to breakdown as its parts will begin to fail due to the strain. You will also have to replace the unit much sooner than normal.

As soon as you notice these symptoms, call Intagas to have the problem diagnosed and remedied. When short cycling occurs, the condenser or the evaporator usually needs cleaning. In some cases, the condense may be partially or completely block, causing the unit to turn on and off continuously. Other problems can also cause short cycling, including electrical issues or low refrigerant levels.

Decreased Air Flow or Insufficient Cooling

If temperatures have begun to climb in your home or your not feeling cool air coming from the vents, a blocked or dirty air condenser may be the problem. Dirty air filters may also contribute to the situation. Check the air filter first, and if it’s dirty, replace it. If this doesn’t work, check, the unit outside. Make sure it is free of debris. Call a professional if the unit appears extremely dirty.

Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is the chemical blend that air conditioners use to transfer heat to the outside. Through the process of evaporation, refrigerant absorbs heat from the air inside, and then condenses it back into liquid when it is vented outside. A refrigerant leak will cause the output level to drop along with the level of refrigerant. Eventually both will drop so low that the system will completely break down. Hissing or gurgling noises can indicate a leak.

The best way to avoid summertime air conditioning problems is through annual cleaning. During a preventive maintenance visit, your Intagas technician will check refrigerant levels and all central air conditioning components. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Contact Mick on 0435 579 094 or send a quick email.

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