Welcome to the HomeBridge Canada Heating and Cooling Blog!

Top 7 Air Conditioner Problems That Can Be Avoided

Topics: Air Conditioner, Air Conditioner Maintenance, Heating and Air Conditioning

No one likes a broken air conditioner in the heart of summer — and it’s even worse when the issue that caused the air conditioner problems could have been avoided.

While there are air conditioner problems that can happen no matter what, often we see issues that could have been avoided had the proper care been taken beforehand.

With that in mind, here are the top 7 air conditioner problems we see and how you can stop them from happening to you!

  1. Clogged Air Conditioner Filter

This is far and away the biggest avoidable issue we see. If your HVAC unit’s air filter is filled with dust and debris, it can cause serious harm — including system failure. An AC unit needs proper air flow to operate properly. When the filter clogs, the blower has to work harder and harder to pull the proper amount of air.

The solution: Check and change your air filter regularly — at least twice a year, but more often depending on the type of filter you use, if you have pets at home, or if you have young children.

  1. Refrigerant Leaks

Your AC system relies on refrigerant, a cooling agent that absorbs heat from the air. The coils in your AC unit can sometimes develop cracks, holes, or leaks, which drains your refrigerant. If this happens, you’ll notice warm air coming through your vents.

The solution: Call in a professional to repair the leak before the problem gets even worse.

  1. Too Much Refrigerant

If an under-qualified person works on your AC unit and adds too much refrigerant, or the wrong type of refrigerant, it can be deadly for your system.

The solution: Call in a professional for refrigerant maintenance and changes.

  1. Backed-Up Drainage

Just like a clogged air filter can cause problems, so can a clogged drainage system. Dirt and debris can cause water to back up or leak out. This can cause damage to not only your AC unit, but also your home itself if the water leaks into your walls, ceiling, floors, etc.

The solution: Invest in regular AC maintenance to clear condensation lines.

  1. Frozen Coils

The evaporator coils in your AC unit are filled with refrigerant, and sometimes if the air flow is restricted a layer of ice can form on the coils. This can cause problems when cooling your home, and even shut down your entire system entirely.

The solution: If you think your coils are frozen, shut down the system and call for professional service right away.

  1. Leaky Ducts

Broken joints, holes, tears, or other nicks can cause cold air to seep out of your ducts and into your attic. They can also make your AC unit work harder, thereby driving your electricity bills up. If your bill is rising, despite no change in usage, or you’re noticing a problem with the airflow, you could have leaky ducts.

The solution: Call in a professional to check your heating and cooling system for any problems.

  1. Faulty Fans

Your AC unit’s internal fans are responsible for keeping air circulating, but they can become dirty or break down.

The solution: If you notice changes in your AC system — less air, warmer air, etc. — call in a professional to assess if your fan’s motor needs changing or to be cleaned.

AC repair can be unavoidable at times, but with proper maintenance and forethought you can prevent some of the most common problems of system failure, giving your unit longer life and making your home or business more comfortable.

At HomeBridge Canada, our comfort consultants are highly skilled in identifying air conditioner problems, preventable or not, and helping you make a plan for regular AC maintenance. We offer our services in Barrie, Orillia, Innisfil, Midland, Coldwater, Bradford, Horseshoe Valley, Alliston, and more.

Contact us today: call 1-866-876-9986 or visit www.homebridgecanada.com.