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Find The Top Causes of Air Conditioning Problems.

Air conditioning is becoming a must-have for homeowners and renters, but they can be costly to operate. Many people need them as it is no secret the country, as well as the globe is warming. The nation as well as the entire planet will only continue to warm across posterity as the population booms.

What matters is whether you and your family are staying cool without spending an egregious amount of money on utility bills and AC system repairs. If your air conditioning system malfunctions or operates inefficiently, do not assume it is just the way it goes.

Here is a quick look at the top causes of air conditioner breakdowns and inefficiencies that will help you better understand the problem. Keeping track of these, and understanding them, will help you save money on your utility bills and return your living or working space to an acceptable temperature.

Why Air Conditioners Malfunction

If your air conditioner is acting up, does not turn on or proves incapable of generating cool air, it is imperative you respond in a proactive manner.  It will take some time to analyze the malfunction, perform the appropriate repair or completely replace the system.  React promptly and you will not have to spend days or weeks in the devastating heat.  From old age to malfunctioning internal components and beyond, there are plenty of potential reasons for air conditioner breakdowns.

Old Age

The age of your air conditioner is of the utmost importance.  Air conditioners typically last 10 to 15 years.  However, malfunctions can occur as soon as a couple years after purchase.






The bottom line is the age of your air conditioner impacts its quality, efficiency and performance.  The typical air conditioner will serve you well for a decade or so.  If your air conditioner reaches 10 years in age, it is time for an upgrade or full replacement as it is not as efficient, and your monthly utility bills may increase as a result.

Spend on a new heating and cooling system and you will rest easy knowing your living or working space will remain at the proper temperature at all times.  Furthermore, such a modern system will prove as green as possible, minimize your utility bills and reduce the chances of a system repair.

Humidity is a Threat to Your Air Conditioner

An overly humid home or workplace, which is very common in the southern states such as Florida or Georgia, will likely cause an air conditioner mechanical flaw or lead to leaky ducts.  The same is true of an excessively dry living or working space.  If your home is excessively humid, add a dehumidifier.  Duct leaks are the typical cause of excessive dryness during the winter months.  In fact, duct leaks can also cause an abundance of humidity in the summer.

Faulty Coils Lead To Wasted Energy and Higher Bills

A noisy air conditioner or noisy air ducts often result from problems with the unit's indoor coils.  If the coils are not functioning properly, they will have to be replaced or repaired.  It is also possible the noise is attributable to a duct system that is too small.

Leaky Ducts

Leaky ducts are problematic beyond infusing your living or working space with excessively moist or dry air.  Leaky ducts can also transmit an abundance of dust into your home.  Ducts rife with leaks typically gather particles from the crawl space, basement and attic, send them throughout the house and contaminate the air you and your loved ones breathe.  The solution is to seal the compromised ducts to prevent the additional accumulation of dust.

Make an Effort to Understand Your Air Conditioning System and Life Will be That Much Easier

Once you understand what is going on with your air conditioner, keeping it fully functional will prove easier than anticipated.  A few tweaks, minor repairs and other alterations performed in a timely manner just might prevent or delay a repair or expensive replacement project. Paying for annual maintenance can help extend the life of the AC unit, and will help you and your family save money on your energy bills. If you can’t afford to pay, then seek help from LIHEAP.

When in doubt, lean on the heating and cooling professionals to analyze your system and you will rest easy knowing you have done everything in your power to keep your home or office comfortable.


By: Jon McNamara


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