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Common AC Problems to Look Out For This Summer

Every summer feels like it is hotter than the year before, so the one thing you want to ensure is working in top order is your AC system! Although your AC system might seem like it’s fine for the majority of the summer, there is always the slight chance that your system will have a small hiccup or it will need some extra care in the hottest months. The most common problems your AC system can have, occur at any time of year, but when it’s unbearably hot outside, you’ll want to minimize these occurrences as much as possible.  


Dirty Filters

The most important thing to keep maintained inside your AC system is the cleanliness of your filters. If they are dirty and haven’t been cleaned on a regular basis, the buildup of dirt and debris can cause the airflow inside your home to decrease, as well as increase the likelihood of having pollutants stay in your home’s air for longer. 

AC filters should be changed every 2-3 months, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation. Additionally, the longer you wait to change your filters, the more likely you are to have issues with airflow inside your AC unit – and you could potentially damage the overall functionality. 


Poor Air Flow

If your filters are clean and the airflow in your home is still poor, the fans inside your AC system might be broken or damaged. This kind of issue inside your system can occur due to a buildup of dirt, a bad motor or worn-out belts near the fan. The sooner you discover this problem and get it repaired, the better. Leaving a broken fan to just sit inside your AC system can lead to the compressor breaking! 

Refrigerant Leaking

Your AC’s refrigerant, or the liquid that helps your system keep air cold, can cause a lot of problems if left unchecked for months on end. If your system’s refrigerant is leaking, it is vital that you call a professional as soon as possible, as inhaling the fumes from the refrigerant can do potentially dangerous things to your overall health.

A way to tell if your refrigerant is leaking is to gauge how warm your house is. If the temperature inside is warmer than normal, even with the thermostat set to a cold temperature, you’ll want to check the pipes and tubing connecting your refrigerant and your AC system.  


Leaking Ductwork

If you have a traditional HVAC system, you also have ductwork. If your ductwork is not maintained, small holes can appear within the joints and sealed points of your ductwork and lead to cold air leaking out. This leaking can lead to increased utility bills and a decrease in your home’s energy efficiency. 


Preventative Measures

The best way to prevent any of these common problems from happening within your AC system is to have a seasonal tune-up on your system. This is a routine maintenance check-up given to your AC system before any large change in weather or season, so you’re prepared for any intense weather change. This also allows you to have any that’s broken fixed on the spot and not have to discover it when you need cold air the most. 

For more information on what problems you should keep an eye on this summer, contact Southern Air to stay cool all summer long.

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