The temperatures have been hot the last few weeks, and the last thing you want to be dealing with is an air conditioning system that isn’t working properly when it’s sweltering hot out. With your air conditioning system running consistently due to these high temperatures, your system is more likely to develop an issue.

Let our team save you time, money, and frustration with these common air conditioning issues and solutions.

Dripping Water

Have you noticed water stains on the walls and ceiling in your home or that your air conditioning system is dripping water? A leaky air conditioning system can be a pain, but the good news is that it’s relatively easy and affordable to fix. The most common cause of dripping water from an air conditioning system is a dirty filter or tube disconnections. By simply replacing your filter or reconnecting the tube, your air conditioning should start working properly immediately.

Short Cycles

When an air conditioning unit turns on and off too frequently, it’s called short cycling, and can have a negative impact on the comfort of your home, lifespan of your unit, and your unit’s energy efficiency. The three most common reason for short cycling include:

  • Evaporator Coil Issues – When the evaporator coil is dirty, condensation can collect and freeze on the coil, causing your system to work harder to thaw the coil. When this happens, your system can overheat, causing it to turn on and off frequently.
  • Low Refrigerant – Low refrigerant levels can cause your evaporator coil to freeze, disrupting the cooling process, and causing short cycling.
  • Wrong Size Air Conditioner – This might sound like it wouldn’t cause an issue, but having an air conditioner that is too large for a home can cause the desired temperature to be reached very quickly, causing your unit to turn off faster.

With regular maintenance, a HVAC technician will be able to determine the cause of your unit short cycling and will be able to fix it immediately.

Your System Isn’t Blowing Cold Air

A common issue with air conditioning system when they are first turned on after being off all winter is the lack of cool air blowing out of vents. Run your system for an hour or so and if you still don’t see a change in the temperature, adjust your thermostat a few degrees.

If this doesn’t solve the problem, replacing the air filter and cleaning the evaporator coil will help ensure your system works properly.

The Condenser Isn’t Working

The condenser is the most important job of your entire air conditioning system and condenses refrigerant from a gaseous state to a liquid state, which allows cool air to be produced and pushed through your home. When your condenser doesn’t work properly, your home won’t reach the desired temperature. If you notice your condenser isn’t working, check to make sure it’s plugged in! If it is plugged in and it’s still not working, check to see if there is a tripped breaker or a blown fuse.

To help keep your system running efficiently and to tackle any problems you might be facing, contact our team at Interstate Gas & Oil today at (978)-443-2300 to schedule your air conditioning tune-up appointment.

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