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Less Common AC Problems You Need to Know About Air Conditioning

Even when you keep up with annual air conditioner maintenance, you may still face the need to schedule repair appointments here and there. Even the best air conditioners have problems eventually. But when you know how to identify the early signs of air conditioner problems, you can stay ahead of a breakdown and schedule service early.

When you need to schedule AC repair in Hickory, NC, just give our team a call. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about some of the less common AC repairs we see and the signs of each one.

Compressor Damage 

While it isn’t particularly common, AC compressors do go out from time to time. The good news is, most of the time when an AC compressor goes out, it’s because of the system’s age. Many air conditioners come with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty so if your air compressor has problems in the first 10 years, it should be covered by the warranty. 

Some of the things that can contribute to the compressor going out include a lot of dirt and debris getting around the coils, having high or low refrigerant levels, or a lack of lubrication that prevents components from working together smoothly. Without enough refrigerant, the compressor motor can overheat. If there’s too much refrigerant, there may also be too much pressure inside of the system, adding strain to the compressor motor. 

Circuit Breaker 

Another less common problem we see that is important to watch for affects the circuit breaker. If the circuit breaker that your air conditioner links to goes bad, it can have a major impact on your air conditioner. You may think that it’s as simple as replacing the circuit breaker, and it is. But this is a problem that you want to identify and fix early. If you let the problem go on for too long, it can add strain to your air conditioner and ultimately lead to air conditioner breakdowns.

It is common for a power surge to blow the circuit breaker and lead to long-term problems. If the circuit breaker trips more than once for your air conditioner, that’s a sign that something is wrong and you should get it checked out. Don’t ignore it. Circuit breaker problems can also restrict power to your air conditioner, so if you feel like your air conditioner is not working as well as it usually does, the circuit breaker may be to blame.

Outdoor Unit

If your air conditioner is installed correctly, you should not have problems with the outdoor unit. However, we do sometimes see issues with the foundation of the outdoor unit becoming unlevel or sinking down into the ground.

This is a problem because your air conditioner needs to be level and elevated for it to work effectively. If your air conditioner is sinking down into the ground, dirt and debris may get inside the unit more easily, impacting how well it operates. If your air conditioner is leaning, this can greatly affect how the components are able to work together to remove heat from the air and disperse it outside.

Thank you for choosing Ace Hardware Home Services. Call us today to schedule an appointment for air conditioning service.

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