As summer draws near, air conditioner service should be something that crosses your mind repeatedly as you think about your whole home comfort. Of course there are a host of things to keep an eye out for when thinking through air conditioner service, but a few issues are more common than others as you prep to ramp up your air conditioner use for the year.

No matter when you last had your air conditioner service completed, be sure to keep these five potential problems in mind when your air conditioner is on the fritz.

1.     Leaking refrigerant

There are a few things that can cause low refrigerant levels. It might be due to an undercharge during installation or the system could have developed a leak over time. Adding refrigerant to an already leaky air conditioner is like using a band aid on the Hoover Dam. It’s not going to cut it. Leaks should only be handled by trained technicians like the ones at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces in Alliance so that you can make certain your system is operating at its best. Having that simple air conditioner service completed means that you’ll fix the leak and have the refrigerant charge match the particular specifications of the manufacturer, which provides you with top performance and efficiency.

2.     Ignoring maintenance

Allowing filters and coils to build up with dirt and grime will not only decrease your system’s efficiency, but it could cause a host of other concerns if untouched. Arranging routine maintenance on your air conditioner with Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces means that you’ll have a system providing you comfort when you need it most.

3.     Running too many cycles

The air conditioner fan controls and compressor are most susceptible to wear, and if you have an air conditioner that cycles on and off frequently, you’ll likely have this issue. You’ll also want your service provider to check the wiring to ensure there isn’t any corrosion and that the wiring job itself is done correctly. Cycling on and off during cooling season may also be a sign that your system is not sized correctly, and if that is the case you will also notice your home could have high humidity issues.  Because there are several problems to look at, you want to be sure you’re dealing with someone as reliable and experienced like the pros at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces.

4.     Sensor damage

Air conditioners and their thermostat sensors are another common issue that can lead to air conditioner service or AC repair. Thermostat sensors, usually situated behind the control panel, measure the temperature of air coming into the coil. This helps your air conditioner know whether it needs to turn on or stay off. So if the sensor is out of place you could be left with a system that cycles all the time.

5.     A clog in the drain lines

Condensation is formed by your air conditioner during the cooling process, and your system is created to take care of its own drainage. If the drain becomes clogged you may be subjected to mold or mildew concerns, which can lead to an entirely different set of issues.

No matter the age of your air conditioner, there will always be problems that can arise when it is used a lot. Summer is when your system should be running at its peak, so give the pros at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces in Alliance a call at 308-762-1613.