As we move closer to summer, you’re likely going to start relying on your air conditioner more and more often to keep yourself cool. That’s all well and good; air conditioners are supposed to keep you cool during the summer, after all. However, the added usage will result in a greater likelihood of problems occurring with the system. If you want to keep your air conditioner in the best possible shape, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for possible issues that might afflict the system. Read on to find out more about common air conditioning problems.
Air Handler Breakdowns
The air handler is the part of the air conditioner responsible for circulating air throughout your home during operation. Moving that much air puts a lot of stress on the air conditioner, so to compensate it’s equipped with a series of oiled bearings to reduce friction. These bearings don’t last forever, though. As they wear down, the friction on the air handler motor increases, producing a loud grinding sound. If you hear that sound coming from your air conditioner, you need to call for repairs right away. Otherwise, the motor might overheat and burn out.
Frozen Evaporator Coil
The evaporator coil is the part of the air conditioner that sucks heat out of the air in the ducts. The balance between the constantly cooling air around the coil and the flow of warm air from the home keeps everything running smoothly. If the flow of air is cut off, though (like if the air handler breaks down) the coil can freeze over. A frozen coil will be unable to siphon heat from your home’s air. If not fixed, the ice can spread to other parts of your system and cause further issues.