Air conditioners are an important part of our lives in Alpharetta. They keep us comfortable despite overbearing heat and humidity outside, but because they run constantly for months and because they are such complicated pieces of machinery, they are prone to a number of problems. Here are some of the most common problems you’re likely to run into with your Alpharetta air conditioner and how to solve them:
A common problem that many people ignore or are unaware of is refrigerant leakage. It is possible that when the system was installed, it wasn’t properly charged, but most of the time if your system is low on refrigerant, it is because of a leak. You can’t just pour more refrigerant in and call it good, though.
The leak needs to be fixed, both for health and environmental reasons. If you notice that your system is low on refrigerant or you smell something off – often like acetone, call an Alpharetta air conditioning professional immediately for inspection and repair.
An often overlooked part of your air conditioner is the sensors, but they are essential for its operation. If your sensors are broken, they will not correctly adjust to the temperature in your home – your air conditioner will fail to turn on when you need it. If it is 85 degrees outside but your air conditioner’s thermostat thinks it is only 72, it obviously will not cool your home to the temperature you want. This can happen even if the rest of your air conditioning system is working perfectly.
You should examine the sensor to make sure it was not moved or knocked toward the evaporator coil, which will cause it to read a falsely cool temperature. If a quick visual inspection doesn’t reveal the problem, it is best to call an Alpharetta air conditioning professional.
Your air conditioner acts as a dehumidifier as well, producing a liquid known as condensate. This liquid usually drains from the air conditioner into a designated area away from your home. However, if the condensate drain gets clogged or if the system wasn’t properly installed, that condensate can start to build up in your home. If you notice leakage around the coils, you may need a pump to remove the condensate properly.