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Air Conditioning Issues and How to Avoid Them

During the summer months here in New England, air conditioning units work extra hard to cool down the interior of your home. The increased strain on your AC system can lead to several issues that could result in system failure. However, detecting the problem in the early stages can save you money and time in the long run. As a homeowner, there are several signs to look out for and steps you can take to fix these problems independently. 

The following are common summer AC issues and how you can avoid them.

A Noisy AC Unit

A noisy air conditioning unit is a common issue that homeowners face. The noise you hear from your air conditioning unit may be caused by several factors depending on the sound you hear. A screeching or squealing sound may be caused by a broken motor or a faulty belt. A loose or broken part may cause a loud and banging noise. This can be a loose rod or a loose piston pin or crankshaft in the air conditioner unit. 

You can reduce the noise from your AC system by checking the fan for any stock or damage debris. Also, check for any loose blade or loose part of the system and fix it. If the noise persists, then you should contact an expert.

Constant Shutting Off and Turning Back On

If your air condition unit is constantly turning on and off, your unit is most likely shortcycling. Short cycling is when a system’s cooling cycle stops prematurely, only to turn on again after a short time. This occurs when your system turns on and off frequently (5 to 10 minutes).

Short cycling may be a result of thermostat issues. The thermostat device controls the temperature of your entire home, so it must function correctly. Suppose the thermostat cannot pick up the temperature accurately and communicates misinformation. In that case, it will signal the air conditioning system to start and stop frequently. To solve this issue, try replacing the batteries and restarting the thermostat. If neither of the options works, contact a professional to help.

System Not Cooling Effectively 

An air conditioning unit not cooling effectively may be caused by a blocked or dirty air condenser. A condenser is the outdoor portion of an air conditioner responsible for releasing or collecting heat, depending on the time of the year.

It is essential to clean the filter frequently as a dirty filter will restrict the air to the evaporator coil. If the problem continues, you should contact a professional to take a look.

Dirty Filters 

A dirty filter limits the airflow into the system. The limited airflow results in additional strain on the air conditioner and causes the unit to work harder. Changing the air filter occasionally, especially during the summer period, would solve this issue.

One Call HVAC Can Help!

Maintaining your Ac unit will increase the lifespan of the unit. If you have attempted to fix these issues on your own but are still experiencing AC troubles, One Call HVAC is here to help. We provide a range of services, from repairs to installation and maintenance services throughout the South Shore. Give us a call at (781) 291-0438 to schedule an appointment with our air conditioning contractors.

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