Beat the Heat: Top Issues with Your AC and How to Fix Them

As the summer heat rolls in, there’s nothing more disappointing than flipping the switch on your air conditioner and finding it doesn’t work as expected. The scorching sun outside makes you crave that cool indoor breeze, but many find their air conditioners falling short just when they need them most. If you want to avoid sweating it out indoors, it’s crucial to understand the common issues that plague air conditioners at the start of the summer heat season. Here are some of the most likely issues with your AC and how you can ensure your AC is in top shape to keep you cool all summer long.

Most Common Issues with Your AC as the Weather Heats Up

1. Dirty or Clogged Filters

One of the most frequent issues homeowners face is dirty or clogged air filters. Over time, dust, dirt, and other particles accumulate in the filter, restricting airflow. This not only forces your air conditioner to work harder, reducing its efficiency but also affects the quality of the air you breathe.

  • Solution: Check and replace your air filters regularly. Depending on usage and environmental factors, this could be as often as every month or at least every three months. Regular filter maintenance ensures optimal airflow and efficiency. (Hint: Join our Stone Comfort Membership Club, and we’ll supply you with the HVAC filters your system requires for the year.)

2. Low Refrigerant Levels

Refrigerant is the lifeblood of your air conditioning system, responsible for absorbing and releasing heat to cool your home. Low refrigerant levels are often a sign of a leak, which can severely impact your AC’s ability to cool your space.

  • Solution: If you notice your AC isn’t cooling as it should or you hear a hissing noise, it’s time to call Stone Heating and Air. Our technicians can check refrigerant levels, locate and repair leaks, and recharge the system if necessary.

3. Dirty Coils

Both the evaporator and condenser coils play a crucial role in the cooling process. Over time, these coils can get covered in dirt and grime, reducing their ability to absorb and release heat.

  • Solution: Regularly cleaning the coils is essential. You can gently clean the coils with a soft brush or cloth, but for a thorough cleaning, it’s best to hire a professional who can safely and effectively clean all components of your AC unit. Never open the panels of your AC unit–this is a job for qualified technicians.

4. Blocked Condensate Drain

The condensate drain allows moisture collected from the air to be expelled outside. If the drain becomes clogged with dirt, mold, or other debris, water can back up into the system, potentially causing damage and reducing efficiency.

  • Solution: Regularly inspect and clean the condensate drain to ensure it is clear of obstructions. There is often a valve between the inside unit and the exterior wall that you can open to clear the drain. If you notice standing water or leaks around your AC unit, contact a professional.

5. Thermostat Issues

Sometimes the problem isn’t with your air conditioner itself but with the thermostat that controls it. A faulty or improperly calibrated thermostat can lead to incorrect temperature readings, causing your AC to operate inefficiently or not at all.

  • Solution: Check the thermostat settings and batteries. If the problem persists, a professional can recalibrate or replace the thermostat to ensure accurate temperature control.

6. Electrical Issues

Air conditioners rely on various electrical components, such as capacitors, contactors, and wiring, to function correctly. Over time, these components can wear out or fail, leading to a non-functioning AC unit.

  • Solution: Electrical issues should be handled by professionals to avoid the risk of electric shock or further damage. Regular maintenance checks can identify and address potential electrical problems before they cause a complete breakdown.

7. Lack of Maintenance

One of the biggest reasons air conditioners fail when summer starts is simply a lack of regular maintenance. Small issues can accumulate over time, leading to significant problems just when you need your AC the most.

  • Solution: Regular preventative maintenance is key to keeping your air conditioner in top condition. This includes checking and replacing filters, cleaning coils, inspecting the condensate drain, verifying thermostat functionality, and checking electrical components.

Ensure a Cool Summer with Stone Heating and Air

Don’t let these common issues with your AC catch you off guard. Stone Heating and Air offers comprehensive preventative maintenance services to ensure your air conditioner is ready to beat the summer heat. Our expert technicians will thoroughly inspect and tune up your AC, addressing any potential problems before they become major headaches.

For ultimate peace of mind, join our new Stone Comfort Membership Club. Membership includes regular maintenance visits, ensuring your system is always in peak condition and priority appointments for repairs. As a member, you’ll receive:

  • Two preventative maintenance visits a year.
  • A yearly supply of filters.
  • Priority scheduling for repairs and emergencies.
  • 10% discount on service calls.
  • No additional charges for weekends or holidays.

Plus, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that your HVAC equipment is being properly maintained and will have a longer lifespan: saving you money in repairs and replacement costs down the road.

Contact Us Today!

Don’t wait until you’re sweltering in the summer heat. Contact Stone Heating and Air today to schedule your preventative maintenance check-up and ask about joining the Stone Comfort Membership Club. With our expert care, you can relax and enjoy a cool, comfortable home all summer long. Visit our website or call us at 541-855-5521 to book your appointment and learn more about our services. Stay cool and worry-free this summer with Stone Heating and Air!

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