5 Reasons Your AC Stops Working
In SW Florida, our AC system is a necessity. We depend on this equipment for our health and happiness.
If you’re searching for why your AC is not working, check out these 5 common reasons.
Dirty Air Filter Causes Your AC To Stop Working
Failing to replace the air filter is a common reason an AC unit will stop working. Many times, this basic task gets overlooked. A clogged filter hinders the flow of air through the unit, reducing its efficiency and making it challenging to cool your house.
Not replacing your air filter causes your unit to work harder than necessary which can potentially cause early AC Replacement.
Pro Tip: If you have 1 inch filters, we recommend replacing them once a month, since SW Floridians have the AC running almost constantly. If you have 5 inch pleated filters, these can be changed once every 6 months.
Refrigerant Leak Causes Your AC To Stop Working
Refrigerant leaks can be a major cause of cooling issues. Adding more refrigerant isn’t the answer to fixing the problem.
The correct answer is to call a trained technician from Sunset Air and Home Services to find the source of the leak and fix it. This includes charging the system with the correct amount of refrigerant.
On a similar note, if your AC system is still using R-22 refrigerant, it is in your best interest to replace your unit regardless of how well it is running. Why? Because R-22 is being phased out and there is a tremendous shortage of parts for AC units still using R-22.
You will have an extremely tough time replacing parts, so it is wise to consider an AC Replacement with a unit that is more energy efficient and can lower your utility bill. (Financing is available through us.)
Dirty Condenser Is A Reason Your AC Stops Working
Your condenser unit is located outside, which exposes it to all kinds of dirt and debris.
Although your equipment is designed to defend its interior coils from debris, it inevitably makes its way inside and will build up over time causing even bigger issues. In addition, keep debris clear from the unit, about 2-4 feet away.
Pro Tip: The best way to ensure your condenser coils remain clean is to have your AC tuned-up 2x a year. This will ensure your system runs as efficiently as possible.
Old Unit Is A Reason Your AC Stops Working
The lifespan of an air conditioning unit in SW Florida varies based on quality, how much it is used, and how well it is maintained.
However, on average, AC units should last approximately 10 years in Florida before replacing.
As parts begin to fail, it becomes inefficient and expensive to repeatedly call for service and make repairs to keep an older system running. Contact us to avoid early AC Replacement.
Bad Thermostat Causes Your AC To Stop Working
Your thermostat tells your system what to do, therefore it can’t control anything if it’s turned off.
So first, double-check the switch is set to the “COOL” mode and on the “AUTO” setting.
If your thermostat is programmable, the issue may be old batteries. Simply replace and install them correctly.
Pro Tip: Consider a Wi-Fi thermostat which does not require batteries.
These are just a few reasons your system may be malfunctioning.
There are other reasons including mechanical issues.
Keep in mind a professional technician from Sunset Air and Home Services is trained to diagnose your system accurately and quickly. Whether it is a mechanical issue or something simpler, you can count on us to find the root source and fix it right the first time.
Contact us, 239-693-9005