Five Reasons Why An Air Conditioner Fails


Here are five main reasons for a system failure: 

1. Inadequate maintenance.  Dirty filters and air-conditioning coils can cause the machine to under-perform. 

2. Refrigerant leaks.  Air conditioners work most effectively and efficiently when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer's specifications and is neither undercharged nor overcharged. 

3. Drainage problems.  When a drain is blocked, most systems have an emergency cutoff switch that prevents the system from cooling until the blockage is cleared.  

4. Electric control failure.  The compressor and fan controls can wear out, especially when the air conditioner cycles on and off frequently, common when a system is oversize. 

5. Sensor problems.  Central air systems have safety controls that shut the system down to prevent damage to the system if problems occur.  These safety switches can also sometimes go bad and need replacement.

Of course, you should have had the AC tested well before the start of hot weather. Too often we hope for the best because we think it saves money. So if your air-conditioning is operating just fine and dandy, you might want to make an appointment to check out the system before problems occur. Keeping costs down. 

Surgi's has appointments available for system inspections. Please don't wait until it fails.  If you suspect that your system is struggling or if there is water in your emergency pan call today.

Even if your air-conditioning is doing well, you probably are not enthusiastic about spending the arm and the leg needed to pay for comfort this summer. 

Owens Corning, the maker of that pink insulation, has these suggestions: 
A Nest Thermostat Programs Itself
Program your thermostat - Homeowners can save energy and money using a programmable thermostat with the air conditioner to automatically adjust the setting at night or when no one is home. Waiting to turn on the air conditioner when you return home won't cool your home any faster; it could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense. 

Shade your windows - Sunny windows make air conditioners work two to three times harder. Reduce air-conditioning costs by closing curtains on the south- and west-facing windows during the day. Window shades, blinds, or drapes will reflect heat away from the house. 

Insulate your investment - Properly insulating a home can help keep a home cooler during summer (and warmer in winter) and save homeowners up to $220 annually on energy bills. The attic is the easiest and most affordable place to add insulation to a home. 

Weatherize - Air leaks can lead to wasted energy and spending. Weather-stripping will keep cool air in during summer. Insulating areas around air-conditioning ducts in unconditioned spaces, such as attics, crawl spaces and garages, also will save energy and money.
Reference: www.philly.com/ Your Place: 5 reasons air conditioner is on the fritz

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