Your air conditioner is, of course, more than just a box that shoots cold air out. It’s a complex collection of mechanical and electrical components that all work together towards a goal of removing heat from your home’s air in order to move refrigerated air into it.
That said, when any single component runs into trouble, the entire air conditioner may be soon to follow. It doesn’t take long for one worn-down part to begin wreaking havoc for the entire system. The other parts have to compensate for the loss, and that can cause wear that’s tough to remedy.
Don’t let your air conditioner go into a state of disrepair for longer than you should. Check out a few of the most common AC repairs we make and learn why you shouldn’t wait to call for repairs.
#1: Sealing Refrigerant Leaks
Many people are relieved to hear their air conditioners are low on refrigerant, as they may assume they only need a refill. However, low refrigerant levels typically indicate a line is leaking, and this needs to be sealed: refrigerant is not meant to leave your AC system at any point!
If you wait too long to repair this issue, refrigerant could continue to leak from the system. Most noticeably, you’ll feel uncomfortable, but the impact goes beyond this. Refrigerant is not able to absorb and release heat, which means the system becomes overworked, coils can freeze, and you risk damage to many other components.
#2: Cleaning Coils
This is another thing many homeowners don’t see as too big of a deal: the air conditioner is not working efficiently, and it’s because the outdoor coil is not clean. But in order to delay service repair calls, you may wait to resolve the issue.
However, when the coils are dirty, the air conditioner is unable to release heat. The indoor coil can freeze, and your air conditioner may continuously cycle without lowering the temperature—even though it’s designed to run in cycles.
#3: Replacing Electrical Controls
We recommend annual maintenance for your air conditioner in part because it’s so important to check the electrical components of your air conditioner. During maintenance, a technician may find that a capacitor is wearing out or that wiring is frayed. And if you don’t replace that component before it breaks for good, you’ll be stuck with a completely broken down AC system—likely at a time you need it most.
#4: Clearing Blocked Drainage
The drain the leads out of your AC system should lead to the outdoors to safely discharge condensate from the unit away from the home. Commonly, however, the condensate drain clogs up. That means that your air conditioner may overflow with water, leaking condensate into the structure of your home and possibly to the ceiling below.
Of course, you should call a technician the moment you suspect your air conditioner is leaking—whether that’s due to leakage in the ceiling or some other sign of poor performance to your central AC system. If you wait too long, you could end up with 1000s of dollars in repair.