Your air conditioner runs without problems 99% of the time, but when it does encounter issues, they range from common to abnormal to monumental. We’d like to start with the former and explain some of the most common AC repairs that you’ll likely run into during the span of your air conditioner’s life.
These may require AC repair in Shreveport depending on your comfort with handling them and their level of involvement. Let’s talk about these repairs and see what you’ll be able to do on your own.
- Filter Clogs: Your air conditioner relies on air flow to operate. If that airflow is restricted, you run into major problems. To start, replace the filter and see if the problems stop. If airflow returns or it starts cooling the house faster than before, then you’re right on the money.
- Old, Bad Ductwork: If your ductwork has leaks and holes in it, all that cool air you’re spending money on is leaking into the walls and attic of your home instead of coming through the vents. Duct inspections will tell you if this is the problem.
- Issues With Your Fan: The AC is on, but no air is blowing out at all. That means your fan could have an issue with receiving power, it could be burned out, or the sensor is dead.Thermostat is Done For: Your thermostat is the controller that says, “Hey air conditioner, can you give us some cool air?” and then it kicks on. If the thermostat is broken, your air conditioner can’t receive the signal to start cooling.
- The Drain Line Is Clogged: Your air conditioner needs to drain water in order to continue functioning properly. There’s a drainage line outside near your AC cabinet. Still water can grow mold and mildew that expands so it clogs this important line. Flushing the line and a bit of cleaning is in order.
- Broken Coils: Unfortunately, this is a not-so-DIY problem, but it’s all too common. Your evaporator coils may not last forever, and they’ll need to be replaced.
- Not Enough Refrigerant: If you’ve ever heard someone say they need to “top off” their AC refrigerant, we have some news for you: they’re wrong. You never need to top it off. If you’re low on refrigerant, it means there’s a leak that’s causing the problem, and it could get worse than not getting enough cool air out of your vents.
- Blown Fuses: Your air conditioner can overheat. If it does, a fuse can blow and it needs to be replaced before you can expect it to work.
- Dead Compressor: Dead Compressor may sound like a pop punk band, but the bill for replacing one isn’t very pop punk at all. Compressors are pricey to replace, plain and simple. They can break without warning.
- The Contactor is Shot: There’s a compressor contactor that provides an electrical connection. When this goes out, your compressor can’t receive power, and the contactor needs to.
The Problems Don’t Stop There
A common AC problem could be the symptom of a larger issue lurking beneath the surface. Even if you could repair it on your own, it’s important to have an experienced technician look at your unit and make sure everything is up to snuff.
Moon’s Air has provided whole-home comfort since 1971. Call us for service today—it’s good to be Mooned!