During the heat of the South Florida summer, the last thing you want is for your home air conditioner to stop working. While preventive maintenance is important in keeping your air conditioner in good working order, some common A/C problems may pop up that need to be addressed either by you or a reliable professional.
- Refrigerant leak: Keeping your air conditioner with the proper level of refrigerant is vital to get the best production out of your unit. If you've noticed higher energy bills, or don't seem to be receiving enough cooling from your A/C, its refrigerant might be low. If that's the case, your cooling system may have a leak. A qualified A/C contractor can inspect your A/C, recharge the refrigerant if necessary, and find and fix any leaks in the system.
- Drainage issues: If you have a window air conditioner, it's important to properly install it so that it drains correctly. Making sure that it's seated in a level fashion is the most important rule to follow.
- Mold issues: Mold buildup related to your A/C's condensate drain can be a hazard to both your home and your health. Preventative care should be taken to make sure condensation is draining properly.
- Electrical malfunctions: Through extended use or frequent stops and starts (in an oversized cooling system), compressors and fan controls can wear out, and should be looked at by a technician during a general inspection.
Common A/C problems are often simple fixes, but if not corrected, can lead to major issues down the road that will leave you stuck in the Florida heat. Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc. has been serving eastern Palm Beach, northern Broward and southern Martin counties since 1979 and is available for additional information on common A/C problems, and how to fix and prevent them.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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