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Top Causes of Air Conditioner Failure

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If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t put much effort into thinking about your air conditioner. At Drake Heating & Air, we understand that air conditioners can be easily forgotten until they break or need service. That’s why we’re here to help with our cheat sheet on the top causes of air conditioner failure.

Causes of Air Conditioner Failure

  • Neglecting annual maintenance. Annual maintenance is essential to your air conditioner’s performance. A licensed technician can identify potential problems before they happen. During your annual maintenance you should have your air conditioning coils cleaned and your system inspected. Neglecting to maintain your system may also void your manufacturer’s warranty. 
  • Frozen coil. Dirty air filters or blocked ductwork can cause air flow problems in your system causing a frozen coil. Regularly cleaning or replacing your air filter and keeping your ductwork clean are two good rules to follow to prevent a frozen coil.
  • Refrigerant leak. Refrigerant is harmful to the environment, any leak should be repaired and recharged by a licensed technician. If your refrigerant is not at the proper level your air conditioner may not operate correctly.
  • Damaged compressor, fan blades, electrical connections or contacts. When an air conditioner compressor fails, it’s often due to an underlying issue that is causing stress on the system, such as dirty coils, low refrigerant, electrical problems etc. Annual maintenance often catches worn and damaged parts before you need emergency repairs.
  • Faulty circuit breaker or fuse. One of the first things that you should check when your air conditioner fails is your circuit breaker or fuse. Wait for 15 minutes to let your air conditioner cool down, then replace the fuse or reset the breaker. If neither of those solutions solve the problem you may have tripped a high-pressure limit switch, we suggest giving a licensed technician a call in this case.
  • Faulty thermostat. If your thermostat isn’t working right, your air conditioner may continuously cycle on and off or fail to work at all. In that case it might be time to shop for a new thermostat.

 

What are the common causes of air conditioner failures?

Some common causes of air conditioner failure are the following:

  • Your circuit breaker has been tripped.
  • Your thermostat isn’t working properly.
  • Your air filter is clogged and needs cleaning.  

If you’ve investigated these issues and none are causing your AC to malfunction, you should call an air conditioning expert like Drake Heating and Air. If your AC needs repair, contact us immediately. 

Why is my AC running but not cooling?

Your AC may be running but not cooling because 

  • Your thermostat is malfunctioning.
  • Your filter is clogged.
  • Your evaporator coil is frozen.

Your AC may also be running but not cooling if the condenser unit is damaged or the heat pump is damaged. This could also be caused by a refrigerant leak. To find out what is wrong with your AC unit, contact us today. 

How do you diagnose an AC problem?

To troubleshoot and diagnose a problem with your air conditioner:

  • Check the thermostat setting.
  • Check your air filter for dirt and clogs.
  • Check your circuit breaker.
  • Check your outside unit for any blockages or debris. 
  • Check your air vents.

If you’ve tried to diagnose your AC problem but can’t find the cause, it’s time to contact an expert like Drake Heating & Air. 

 

For information about our air conditioning services, or to speak with one of our representatives, please contact our office.

Over the years our team at Drake Heating & Air have developed a reputation for exceeding the expectations of our clients, which is why if you are unhappy with any of the services our technicians provide to you, we’ll send someone out to fix the problem, free of charge.

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The experience was positive from start to finish. All of the personnel were friendly, attentive, and thoughtful, from the scheduling of my appointment, to the evaluation of the problem, to the two man crew that did the actual installation. My questions were answered fully, and they went out of their way to get back to install the new unit in a timely manner, (coming out on a weekend) as our current furnace was damaged and unsafe to use. It was just installed today, but it seems to be running like a charm. I would highly recommend Drake heating and air, David as the salesperson/troubleshooter, and Joshua and Dan, the two who did the actual installation. I’m very pleased! 😊
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We were very pleased with our technician David. He laid out several options. He could fix our 23 year-old furnace or replace it. It was our choice. We chose to replace our furnace. We were set up with an installation team. We appreciated the email with the picture IDs of who to expect to ensure security. Our installers, Josh and Dillon, were very skilled with both the installation and sheet metal work. The furnace we chose was a York, which has been very quiet. They had to attach the new system to our existing duct work in a tight space, which they did very well. We would highly recommend this company.
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Drake employees are always helpful, pleasant, and professional. I have never had a bad experience with them. They do all of my HVAC work.
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