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5 Common Air Conditioner Problems You May Encounter This Summer

There are few things in life that are more frustrating than the searing summer heat. You’ll hate it even more when you turn to your AC for help, only to find out that it’s not working. Or if it does, it makes you restless while waiting for a high energy bill. You can put the blame on these five common summer AC problems.

Condenser Isn’t Running

When you turned the A/C on and seemed like the condenser isn’t running, you don’t have to panic. Relax! It is not a serious problem neither it’s a costly fix. Air conditioners are complex mechanical systems with a lot of inexpensive parts that keep it running. So, what should you do if the condenser isn’t running? Buy a fan motor or a capacitor.

Refrigerant Leak

In a layman’s terms, the refrigerant is a liquid that absorbs the heat inside your home and transfers it outside. When your refrigerant is low, it could be a good sign that additional refrigerant is needed. Another possible reason is a leak, so you will need the help of a professional at Harkins to help you repair it.

Air Handler Problems

The job of the air handler is to move the air throughout your home. Circulating that much air puts a lot of stress on the air handler causing the bearings to wear down over time. As friction increases on the air handler motor, it may produce a strange grinding sound which indicates the need to hire a professional repairman.

A/C Stops Working Completely

When your air conditioner stops working completely, the first-aid trick is to check the batteries in the thermostat. Replace dead batteries with new ones. But if they are still OK, be sure the thermostat is set in the “cooling” mode. The circuit breaker is another possible culprit. Simply flip it to ‘ON’ mode. If these troubleshooting solutions don’t work, contact a qualified HVAC technician.

AC Makes Strange Noises

Squealing or screeching sounds may indicate a problem with the motor bearing. Adding some extra lubricant to the oil port may help. If you hear screeches, rattles, or a loud bang, shut down the unit and bring in a professional.

Whatever problem you may face with your A/C these summer months, call us at Harkins Air Conditioning, Heating & Controls today. We have been keeping Baton Rouge and nearby areas comfortable for almost 40 years.