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Having your air conditioner cease to work during the hot summer months is not only inconvenient, but it can be dangerous. The temperatures of an unconditioned home can rise over thirty degrees higher than the temperatures outside. In the summer months, these temperatures can increase to well over a hundred degrees. Prolonged exposure to such high temperatures can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke, which can be fatal.
If your air conditioner unit or cooling system breaks down, please do not hesitate to contact us. The technicians here at Andy’s Pipe Dream want to help keep you and your loved ones cool and safe this summer!
One of the most frustrating things a homeowner can deal with is a failing air conditioner. Often air conditioning units break down when they’re heavily taxed during the sweltering summer months. Sometimes the air conditioner seems to be working fine one minute, only to cut off without warning the next. Many times, the issues that arise can be mitigated with regular air conditioning maintenance to ensure the extended life of your investment.
Often air conditioners will give an indication that they are about to break down. Listed below are a few of the more common warning signs that you should look out for. If these describe your air conditioner in any way, contact Andy’s Pipe Dream in Kansas City today to get it repaired!
The air conditioner won’t turn on
The air conditioner is leaking water
The vents have a weak airflow
The air conditioner is making strange noises
There is an odd smell coming from your vents or air conditioning unit
The thermostat is inaccurate
The airflow from the vents is coming out warm or hot
As one of the few appliances that work both outside and inside the home, air conditioners are exposed to an excessive amount of wear and tear. Particularly in cases where routine maintenance is not performed, air conditioners can break down at any time. Continue reading to find more information about some of the more common reasons for an air conditioner to need to be repaired. Contact Andy’s Pipe Dream in Kansas City today for all your air conditioner repair needs!
If the air filters in your air conditioner are clogged, it can significantly inhibit the airflow of a home. During use, the intake vents in the home suck up things like dust, debris and pet hair into the ducts. The air filter catches this debris before it can blow into the unit itself.
A common misconception is that the filter is there to clean the air in the home to improve air quality. This is not true! The actual purpose of the filter is to protect the components of the HVAC system. Most importantly, the air conditioning coil. If not protected, the coil itself can become clogged with dirt and debris causing the entire system to work harder than it should. This, in turn, can cause massive inefficiency and component failure.
Has your thermostat been acting weird? This can also be a culprit that causes an air conditioner not to function properly. A malfunctioning thermostat may have a problem with reading a house’s ambient temperature, while others have trouble relaying the correct temperature to the air conditioning unit sensors. Either way, it can cause the AC unit to improperly function, by over-running, under-running, or not working altogether.
Many thermostats are battery operated, and the malfunction could simply be caused by a dying battery that needs to be switched out. While a faulty thermostat is a simple fix, it is important to attend to it immediately so that no permanent damage is done to the air conditioner.
If the condensers within the unit are dirty or clogged, it can cause similar problems to a clogged air filter. Simply put, the outside condenser is responsible for removing the heat from your home and expelling it outside. For this process to work as effectively as possible, the unit itself needs to be cleaned, maintained, and tested for proper operation every year.
A neglected condenser will cause it to work harder than it should, significantly raising utility costs and stressing the system components beyond what they were designed to handle. In short, this increases your chances of a system breakdown considerably. If you have noticed any of these signs, contact Andy’s Pipe Dream in Kansas City immediately!
A condensate drain getting clogged is another common problem that can cause an air conditioner to break down. When an air conditioner is working hard, it creates condensation as a by-product of this process. For this reason, air conditioning units have built-in drain pans, called a condensate drain, to carry the water safely out of the unit.
In cases where a clog occurs, water can flow into areas within the unit that it's not supposed to be, which can lead to severe damage to sensitive electronics. If you notice water leaking out of your air conditioner or a pool of water near it, this could be a sign that your condensate drain needs cleaned to avoid damage to other components of the unit.
A problem with the fans inside your air conditioner is another common problem that can influence the performance of the unit. Each air conditioning system has two fans. The first fan circulates conditioned air throughout the home, and the other fan expels the heat from your outside condenser.
Luckily, both of these fans often provide signs that allow you to get it repaired before the air conditioner breaks down completely. If you hear an odd rattling noise or a loud screeching coming from the unit, it is most likely an issue with a fan. However, if something happens with the motor of either fan, it will likely just not turn on at all — leading to the unit overheating or causing your system to shut down entirely.
A frozen evaporator coil is characterized by a layer of ice forming on and within the interior portion of the air conditioning unit. This can occur for a number of different reasons, including lack of air flow or refrigerant, as well as dirt buildup on the evaporator coil itself. Ice formations should be taken very seriously, as they could cause several different problems within the unit if not handled properly.
Both ice and its subsequent thawing can damage several different components within an air conditioner unit, which is why it is important to contact the professionals at Andy’s Pipe Dream if you notice that there is ice forming in your air conditioner unit to ensure that it is resolved quickly and appropriately.
The air conditioning contractors at Andy’s Pipe Dream in Kansas City are experienced in dealing with all of the problems mentioned above and much more. If you have any concerns about the heating and cooling equipment in your home, please do not hesitate to contact us today!