Top Causes of Air Conditioning Failure - Heating Specialties

Top Causes of Air Conditioning Failure

Thermostat problems

The birds returning from their lovely winter vacations know better than anyone that things work better when they are in tune. This applies not only to singing voices but air conditioners as well! The best way to ensure that your air conditioner is ready for summer is by having a professional tune-up, but it is also helpful as a homeowner to know some of the top reasons for A/C failure.

Inadequate Maintenance

Probably one of the most common reasons for A/C failure is inadequate maintenance. This is why a spring tune-up from one of the professionals at Heating Specialties can go a long way in saving you money later on down the road. Without proper maintenance, your unit can become dirty, clogged and may not function properly.

A dirty filter can also cause problems by blocking airflow, but this can easily be avoided by changing it per the manufacturer’s recommendations. One handy tip is to hold the filter up to the light and check whether or not you can see through it. If it is too dirty to see through, it should be replaced.

Thermostat Issues

Thermostat problems are another common reason for A/C unit failure. A faulty thermostat can cause the air conditioning unit to cycle on and off too frequently or fail to function properly.  Check to make sure your thermostat is turned on, the batteries are not dead, and it is on the correct setting. If your thermostat is located in a position where it is being hit by direct sunlight, this could also cause a problem and it may need to be moved elsewhere.

If you notice your A/C unit isn’t blowing cold air, a refrigerant leak may be the cause. This is a problem that can only be remedied by calling a professional. Refrigerant is dangerous to humans and the environment, and therefore must be handled by a licensed technician.

As you are gearing up for warmer months, make sure to call the professionals at Heating Specialties at (866) 923-2653 so we can ensure your air conditioning unit is maintained and functioning properly. Those hot New Jersey summers will be here before you know it!

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