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What Is Causing My Air Conditioner’s Summertime Slowdown?

What Is Causing My Air Conditioner's Summertime Slowdown?
The unrelenting heat of summer is the worst time to deal with a malfunctioning air conditioning system. Despite keeping up with regular maintenance, slowdowns and other problems can still occur. When your home or office is hot and unbearably muggy, all you truly want is your a/c to work, efficiency and all other issues are the last things on your mind. Here are three common a/c problems and their likely causes.
My Air Conditioner Isn’t Blowing Cold Air
After ensuring your thermostat is set and functioning properly, the next thing to check is your condenser. A dirty or crowded condenser can make it near impossible for your a/c to vent the heat created during its operation and dirty condenser coils aggravate this problem even further. Another cause of this problem may be a tripped breaker or blown fuse. Your a/c fan may deceivingly continue to run giving the impression all is well while the condenser is not functioning. Other sources of this problem are low or leaking refrigerant and leaking ductwork, which should be tackled by an HVAC professional.

The Air Conditioner Doesn’t Get Cold Enough
While not receiving any cold air at all is the worst case scenario, receiving a teasing amount that doesn’t cool your house sufficiently is just as frustrating. The causes of this problem are frequently identical to the reasons why an air conditioning system might stop cooling completely. There are a few extras in this case which include:

  • The A/C unit is undersized for your home
  • Your air conditioner is old or outdated and needs replacement
  • Exceptionally hot days may push your a/c beyond its capabilities
  • Uncontrolled humidity levels
  • Poor insulation

My HVAC Constantly Turns On And Off
An air conditioner that frequently turns on and off is one of the most annoying problems a homeowner can face. The issue itself is called short cycling, and this can have a number of causes. One common cause is an air conditioner that is too large or too powerful for the space. If this is the cause, you will usually find out pretty quickly. Due to how quickly an oversized a/c cools, it shuts down soon after starting without sufficiently dehumidifying or cooling the entire home. Another cause is electrical problems that will need to be diagnosed by an HVAC service professional or a unit that is low on coolant and so can’t cool the home effectively.

During the summer your air conditioner is working at its hardest and this means more potential for breakdowns and problems to arise. While some issues can be fixed rather simply with a little knowhow, others may require help from an experienced HVAC technician. Luckily most HVAC repairs can be fixed rather quickly, so there is little reason to delay in calling for the help that you need. For all of your HVAC installation, maintenance and repair needs, contact East Coast Heating And Air Conditioning today.

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