No air conditioning problem should be left alone, once discovered. The longer a problem with your air conditioning system is allowed to continue – the worse it is going to get. However, there is a difference between problems that need to be addressed as soon as possible and those that need to be fixed right now. There are some problems that, if allowed to continue for any appreciable length of time, could cause catastrophic damage to the air conditioning system. The following are three of those problems.
Short cycling is when your air conditioner won’t stop turning itself on and off every few minutes. This is a symptom of several possible causes and if ignored, compressor failure is likely. The compressor is so vital to the inner workings of the air conditioner that it is often worth more than all of the other parts combined. If you move quickly, you may be able to have it repaired before it becomes permanently damaged. If not, you may have to replace the entire system.
Refrigerant is the chemical compound that your air conditioning system uses to remove heat from the house. It is not consumed during operation, but is instead recycled back and forth between the two units of the air conditioner. If a leak develops in the refrigerant lines, it can drain the entire system of the refrigerant that it absolutely needs to function. If you notice oil leaking or pooling around your air conditioner, you may have a refrigerant leak. Call a professional right away to check the system.
FROZEN EVAPORATOR COIL
The evaporator coil is the part that evaporates refrigerant in order to absorb heat from the indoor air. If the coil gets too dirty, it can malfunction and lower the temperature around it to below freezing. This freezes the condensate that forms on the coil during normal operation, creating ice. The evaporator coil is a fragile component and can become permanently damaged if left frozen for too long. If you notice your air conditioner beginning to ice over, call a professional immediately.
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