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Your Air Conditioner: Things That Can -- And Do -- Go Wrong

Last updated 4 years ago

By Greg, Pacific Aire Comfort Advisor

One of the first steps in ensuring that your air conditioner runs efficiently and reliably is making sure that it is installed by a professional service technician. It is also important to be sure that your air conditioner is maintained so that it can meet its optimal performance level at all times. Without regular maintenance and proper installation practices, there are a number of problems that can and do arise.

Installation problems
Residential air conditioners generally must be charged "in the field," and are more likely to suffer from undercharging or overcharging. Further, your system may also have a leak, which can occur over time.

It is important that refrigerant levels meet the manufacturer's specifications, as too little or too much refrigerant can greatly affect the system's performance, leading to higher energy costs and poor cooling capacity. Further, a refrigerant leak can negatively impact the environment, contributing to greenhouse gases.

It's imperative that you hire a professional HVAC technician to test and, if necessary, repair your system's refrigerant charge, and it's the best solution for maintaining optimal efficiency.

Maintenance problems
Your air conditioner requires annual service tune-ups by a qualified technician, as neglecting your system allows dirt buildup to go unchecked. When dirt and debris gather in the coils and filter, for example, it will cause the air conditioner to consume more energy to operate, accelerate wear and tear and can result in premature failure of the air conditioner.

Another component that should be checked is the thermostat sensor, which is located behind the control panel of your air conditioner. The sensor is responsible for measuring the temperature of air blowing over the evaporator coil. When the sensor is not in the correct position, it can cause the unit to function erratically or disrupt the unit's cooling cycle.

The performance of your air conditioner depends on a quality installation and regular maintenance. For more expert advice, or to talk to an expert about how to correct installation problems or schedule a service appointment, contact Pacific Aire Heating & Cooling. We proudly serve homeowners through out Ventura, northern Santa Barbara and western LA counties including the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and Conejo Valleys.


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