As you likely know, the harsh, humid, hot summers here in Tampa can make it challenging to keep your home cool. Some AC units can't take the heat and start acting up, making noise, or running constantly.
The HVAC experts at SunAir Services put together this guide to common air conditioner problems that might explain why your AC is constantly running. Anything that makes it harder for your air conditioner to do its job can result in longer runtimes.
Evaporator coils are vital to your air conditioner and its ability to function. If the coils are dirty or frozen, they can’t do their job effectively and will fail to keep your home comfortable. Dirty coils often just need a thorough cleaning, while frozen coils require professional repair.
Airflow is an integral part of keeping your air conditioner fully functioning. Without the right amount of air entering the conditioner, the machine simply can’t do the job. Make sure that the filter isn’t dirty or clogged. Additionally, if you replace the filter, ensure that the level of filtration is the correct amount for your model of an air conditioner.
Another necessary component for your air conditioner to run the right way is the coolant or refrigerant. Refrigerant may be leaking from an undiscovered point in the coils and causing your air conditioner to run endlessly as it fights to produce cool air. Refrigerant is toxic and should only be handled by a licensed professional.
Over time, leaks can develop in your ductwork and cause significant issues. If your air conditioning ducts are leaking, less conditioned air will make it into your home. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EnergyStar program recommends yearly maintenance to help determine if your air conditioner system is leaking or experiencing other issues.
The blower motor and fan are responsible for pushing cooled air throughout your home. These components can get covered in dirt, grime, or simply wear out. If you aren’t sure if your blower motor or fan is the problem, it’s best to schedule an inspection. An underperforming blower motor fan can damage other parts of your air conditioner, leading to the need for premature replacement.
While, sometimes, the reason your AC is running constantly is just that it’s that hot outside, often it's a sign that something is not quite right with your air conditioner. The best way to prevent AC problems is to schedule regular maintenance, but if you run into a problem between visits, calling in a professional for an inspection is the fastest solution. For air conditioning repair in Tampa, FL, just call the SunAir Service team at (813) 694-8989.