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The Most Common Air Conditioning Problems & Why They’re Happening

Posted on April 13, 2015 by Chris Lancaster

Air Conditioner MaintenanceKansas City summers can be sweltering. The Midwest is known for its heat and humidity, so make sure your air conditioning system can tackle the job of keeping your home comfortable. If you often find that your system isn’t performing, you need to get to the root of the problem to figure out if it just needs some help or needs to be replaced. Lancaster Brothers Heating & Cooling uncovers the top air conditioning problems we see and explains why they’re happening.

Problem: Your Unit Isn’t Cooling Your Home Properly

Reason: Is your home too balmy for your liking, or do you find that parts of your home aren’t cooling off like they should? Your air conditioner could have one of several problems:

  • Are your air filters filthy? Clogged up air filters make it difficult for your system to distribute the cooled air throughout your home and can even cause a system shutdown.

  • Make sure your thermostat has full batteries, and that your settings are correct if you have a programmable thermostat. People often forget to replace batteries in their thermostat and end up wasting money on a service call.

  • Check to see if your refrigerant is low or leaking. Your system won’t be able to cool the air in your home without it. And you can’t just fill your system with more.

  • If your system experiences this, you need a professional HVAC technician to assess the issue and mend the leak.

Problem: Your Air Conditioning System Isn’t Powering On

Reason: The first warm days of the season are upon us, and air conditioners are turning on all over Kansas City. If you find that your system won’t power up, make sure to check for the following things:

  • Is the evaporator coil in your air conditioner dirty or frozen? Either scenario is not a good one. Try cleaning your coil of dust and debris or frost. Make sure to turn the system off and let it thaw completely before turning it on again. If that doesn’t do the trick, it may need to be replaced, and in that case it might be time to just invest in a new air conditioning system altogether. Evaporator coils are very costly to replace.

  • Are your thermostat settings correct? If you have a programmable thermostat, your settings might not be set for the warmer weather yet. Make sure it set to cool, not heat. You can reprogram your thermostat to turn on during certain parts of the day and to turn off during others. Read this article to find out more about how to use a programmable thermostat to make your home more comfortable.

There is one surefire way to protect your system from problems like these, and that is to invest in annual maintenance of your air conditioning system. Regular air conditioner tune-ups keep your system running smoothly, and increase its lifecycle. Call Lancaster Brothers Heating & Cooling at 913-837-2000 today to schedule your spring tune-up for your air conditioner.

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