West Palm Beach cooling systems that receive regular AC maintenance are well-equipped to keep you cool all summer. However, they sometimes need professional help. Here are three of the most common air conditioning repairs faced by Florida homeowners:
Clogged Condensate Line
Your air conditioner removes moisture from indoor air and deposits it in the condensate pan. The moisture then drains out through the condensate line. Water should be dripping from that line whenever your AC is on. Clogs can cause the coils to freeze up, and the drain pan could fill with water potentially causing damage to your home. Your system might shut down or fail to deliver cool air. There might be puddles around the indoor unit or leaks in your ceiling. Have the clog removed. Keep the line clean by flushing with a diluted mixture of bleach or vinegar and warm water every three months.
Low Refrigerant Level
Insufficient refrigerant reduces indoor comfort and prevents your AC from operating at peak capacity. Besides puddles of water near the unit, you could see escalating electric bills. Your AC may not be able to cool your home adequately and the air from the vents might feel lukewarm. You could hear a hissing noise where refrigerant is leaking out or see ice on the outdoor unit. Don’t run the AC with a leak. It could damage the compressor creating a larger repair bill.
Bad AC Capacitor
The AC capacitor charges and starts the AC motor. If the capacitor is going bad, you might notice higher utility bills. There could be a humming noise when you turn the unit on. The system might have trouble getting started, or it may turn itself off. It could stop blowing cold air or refuse to turn on at all. If your AC is more than 10 years old, the capacitor could be worn out and in need of replacement.
These and many other common air conditioning repairs can be prevented with annual AC maintenance. Visit Den-Air Air Conditioning to learn more. Call us at (561) 459-2719 in West Palm Beach for help with AC troubleshooting.