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Why Your AC Output is Dropping

Having your air conditioner start to lose output in the middle of a hot summer is…less than ideal. If your air conditioner output is dropping, there could be a number of reasons why. You should call for repairs, but while you’re waiting, you should have a look at some of the possible reasons why your air conditioner output is dropping.

Air Handler Issues

The air handler is basically a large motor with a fan attached, which is responsible for circulating air throughout the home during operation. If a problem develops with the air handler, the air conditioner won’t be able to actually circulate any air to cool the home. One of the ways you can tell whether or not your air handler is having issues is by listening for a loud grinding sound coming from the system. This is oftentimes because of bearings in the motor failing, causing friction on the motor to increase and making it less efficient.

Low Refrigerant

Air conditioners don’t consume refrigerant during operation, but recycle it back and forth to move heat out of the home. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will drain the system of the fluid that it needs to operate. This causes a steady decline in output, followed by a full breakdown.


The air conditioner’s evaporator coil can freeze over, under the wrong circumstances. This prevents the system from properly siphoning heat from the home’s air. The ice can eventually spread down the refrigerant line to other parts of the air conditioner, causing them to malfunction and break down. Call for repairs if you ever see ice forming on your air conditioner.

Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. offers AC repair services throughout Lake City, FL. If you need air conditioner repair services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment.

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