Like most appliances that see constant use, your air conditioner can get ‘stressed’, leading to many problems later on. Knowing the exact cause of this stress is the first step to dealing with poor performance. Here a top heating and cooling services provider in the area, The Ice-Man, shares why your air conditioner overworks itself and how to avoid interruptions.
What’s Stressing Your Air Conditioner?
Worn compressor motor. The compressor circulates refrigerant through the coils, which absorbs warm indoor air to chill your room with the help of a motor. Higher temperatures will cause the compressor to suffer from increased motor wear, broken bearings and refrigerant leakage. Because repairing or replacing these components can be costly, compressor failure frequently necessitates the purchase of a new air conditioner.
Leaking refrigerant. Refrigerant may begin to seep out through gaps in the refrigerant lines if you have an old, worn-out air conditioner. When the air conditioner is low on refrigerant, the evaporator might become overly cold, causing ice to form on the coil and other components. It’s also possible that the compressor will overheat. A failed compressor usually necessitates the replacement of the entire system.
Overheated parts. The fan and compressor motors are powered by capacitors and contactors, which are electrical components. Long summer cooling cycles may cause these parts to overheat and deteriorate prematurely. If these sections are having trouble running, you may notice a lack of cool indoor air circulating within your home.
Dirt and dust buildup. Dirt and dust that have invaded the interior and exterior cabinets are some of the main reasons for mechanical issues in an air conditioning system. While annual maintenance in the spring will successfully clean up your system, dust can accumulate throughout the season, resulting in motor failure.
How to Prevent Problems
Set the thermostat as high as you comfortably can when at home to reduce the strain on your air conditioner. This will stop it from running indefinitely, preventing overheating of the electrical components. When you’re gone, raise the thermostat by seven to ten degrees to avoid wasteful cycling and extend the life of the compressor and its motor. Change the filter on a monthly basis to reduce debris buildup, relieve stress on the blower motor and prevent the coils from freezing.
Whether you’re looking for a new thermostat and controls or an air conditioner for your home, you can depend on The Ice-Man. Call us at (609) 466-9020 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.