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Common Air Conditioning Problems and How to Fix Them

June 11, 2024 | Blog

As the summer heat intensifies, ensuring your air conditioning system is in top-notch condition becomes paramount. At Axsom Air Cooling, Heating, Electrical, & Plumbing, we understand the importance of a well-functioning air conditioner, especially during the sweltering months in Natchitoches and surrounding areas like Chopin and Coushatta. Founded in 1997, our company has been a trusted name in HVAC, electrical, and plumbing services, providing residents with reliable solutions and peace of mind.

In this blog post, we will delve into some common air conditioning problems and how to fix them. By understanding these issues, you can take proactive steps to maintain your system and ensure a comfortable home environment.

 1. Air Conditioner Not Cooling Properly

One of the most common complaints during the summer is that the air conditioner is running but not cooling the home effectively. This issue can stem from several causes:

  • Dirty Air Filters: Clogged filters restrict airflow, reducing the system’s efficiency. Regularly replacing or cleaning your air filters can significantly improve cooling performance.
  • Refrigerant Leaks: Low refrigerant levels can hinder the cooling process. If you suspect a leak, it’s crucial to contact a professional technician to locate and repair the leak and recharge the refrigerant.
  • Blocked Condenser Unit: The outdoor condenser unit can become obstructed by debris, dirt, or vegetation. Ensure the area around the unit is clear to allow proper airflow.

 2. Air Conditioner Not Turning On

If your air conditioner fails to turn on, it can be a frustrating experience. Here are some potential reasons:

  • Thermostat Issues: Ensure your thermostat is set to the correct temperature and mode. Sometimes, a simple battery replacement can resolve the issue.
  • Tripped Circuit Breaker: Check your electrical panel for any tripped breakers. Resetting the breaker might restore power to your AC unit.
  • Faulty Wiring: Electrical issues within the system can prevent it from turning on. It’s best to have a licensed electrician inspect and repair any wiring problems.

 3. Unusual Noises from the Air Conditioner

Strange noises coming from your air conditioner can indicate underlying problems:

  • Rattling or Banging: Loose parts or debris in the system can cause these noises. Turn off the unit and inspect for any visible issues. If the noise persists, contact a professional for a thorough inspection.
  • Hissing or Bubbling: These sounds often indicate a refrigerant leak. It’s essential to address this issue promptly to prevent further damage to the system.
  • Squealing or Grinding: These noises can signal motor or belt issues. Immediate attention from a technician is necessary to prevent more extensive damage.

 4. Air Conditioner Leaking Water

Water leakage around your air conditioner can be a sign of several problems:

  • Clogged Drain Line: The condensate drain line can become clogged with dirt and debris, causing water to back up and leak. Regular maintenance, including cleaning the drain line, can prevent this issue.
  • Frozen Evaporator Coil: A frozen coil can lead to water leakage when it thaws. This can be caused by restricted airflow or low refrigerant levels. Addressing the root cause is essential to prevent recurrence.
  • Improper Installation: If your air conditioner was not installed correctly, it might not drain properly. Professional installation ensures proper drainage and prevents leaks.

 5. Air Conditioner Short Cycling

Short cycling occurs when your air conditioner frequently turns on and off without completing a full cooling cycle. This can lead to increased energy consumption and wear on the system:

  • Oversized Unit: An air conditioner that is too large for your home will cool the space quickly but will not run long enough to dehumidify the air properly. A professional assessment can determine the appropriate unit size for your home.
  • Thermostat Placement: If the thermostat is located in a spot that receives direct sunlight or is near a heat source, it can cause the system to short cycle. Relocating the thermostat can resolve this issue.
  • Low Refrigerant Levels: Insufficient refrigerant can cause the system to short cycle. A technician can check and recharge the refrigerant as needed.

 Why Choose Axsom Air Cooling, Heating, Electrical, & Plumbing?

At Axsom Air, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service and ensuring our customers’ complete satisfaction. Our Peace of Mind Guarantee ensures that all our licensed professionals undergo extensive background checks, so you can trust the individuals entering your home. We wouldn’t send anyone to your home that we wouldn’t allow in our own.

Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has made us a preferred provider in Natchitoches, Chopin, and Coushatta. With our extensive experience and dedication to excellence, you can rely on us for all your HVAC, electrical, and plumbing needs.

Don’t let common air conditioning problems disrupt your comfort this summer. Contact Axsom Air Cooling, Heating, Electrical, & Plumbing today at (318) 217-2313 or click here for expert solutions and reliable service. Whether you need routine maintenance, repairs, or a new installation, our team is here to help. Remember, “Your friends trust us… just Axsom!”

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