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5 Most Common AC Problems: What's Wrong With My AC?

The Five Most Common Air Conditioner Problems and How to Fix Them


As summer approaches, a well-functioning air conditioning unit becomes an essential part of homes in Pooler, Richmond Hill, Savannah, and surrounding areas. It helps keep us cool during the South’s hot and humid days, relieving us from the sweltering temperatures. However, without proper maintenance, air conditioners can develop problems and malfunction, leaving our homes muggy and us uncomfortable. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, here are a few common causes of AC problems and how you can fix them:


Dirty filters

Dirty air filters are one of the most common problems that air conditioners experience. If the air filters are clogged with dirt, dust, and debris, the unit has to work harder to cool the air, reducing its efficiency and increasing the electricity bill. Additionally, high efficiency allergy filters can also restrict air to your unit and cause your utility bill to increase and system capacity to drop. Cleaning or replacing the air filter is a simple and effective solution to this problem. 


Refrigerant leaks

Refrigerant is the liquid that cools the air in the air conditioner. If there is a leak in the refrigerant, the unit will not cool the air effectively and cause a higher humidity level in your home. Refrigerant leaks can be caused by damaged or deteriorated coils, or a loose connection. Our HVAC experts can help identify and repair refrigerant leaks.


Faulty thermostat

The thermostat is the device that regulates the temperature of the air conditioner. If the thermostat is malfunctioning, the unit may not turn on or may not turn off at the desired temperature. Replacing the batteries if low or checking the calibration of the thermostat may solve this problem. 


Dirty condenser coils

Condenser coils are responsible for transferring the heat from inside the house to the outside. If they are clogged with dirt, dust, and debris, they cannot perform this function effectively, reducing the efficiency and capacity of the air conditioner. Cleaning the condenser coils is a relatively simple task that can improve the performance of the unit.


Clogged drain lines

The drain lines of an air conditioner carry away the condensate produced by the unit. Over time, these lines can become clogged with dirt and debris, preventing the condensate from draining correctly. This can cause water to leak from the unit, leading to damage. Clearing the drain lines with a wet/dry vacuum can prevent this problem.


The Indoor Climate Experts Can Help 

Air conditioners are a crucial part of our homes, particularly in the summer, so keeping them in good working condition is vital. Regular maintenance can help prevent most common problems. If you encounter any of these issues, follow the simple steps outlined above. If the problem persists and you are located in Pooler, Richmond Hill, Savannah, or the surrounding areas, call the experts at Indoor Climate, and we’ll get you and your home back to being cool and comfortable!

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