Summer runs long in Burbank, CA, and while Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the season, So Cal residents know that it can continue into October and even beyond. This comes on top of months of scorching hot weather that can test your air conditioner in all kinds of ways. Hopefully, your system is functioning without a problem, but now is the time to keep an extra close eye out for late-season issues. The strain of all that work often starts to show this time of year, and can cause a breakdown just when you need your air conditioner to step up and perform. Here’s a brief list of common problems we often treat this time of year.
- Low Refrigerant. A refrigerant leak can spring up anytime during the summer, but the effects might not be felt right away (especially if it’s a small leak). Eventually, however, it will disrupt the cooling cycle: forcing the system to work harder than it should and resulting in both higher bills and an increased risk of a breakdown elsewhere in the system.
- Clogged Filter. Your air filters should be changed or cleaned every 1-3 months. If you haven’t done so over the summer, it can result in a lot of dust and debris in the air conditioner, and in some cases can slow the flow of air through your ducts.
- Failed Capacitors. The capacitors provide an electrical charge to power key components in the system such as the fan motor and the compressor. They’re put under a large amount of strain and while they’re built to last, older systems may begin to see breakdowns this time of year: resulting in reduced air flow, lower cooling levels, and even a full-bore system shutdown.
Never attempt to fix an air conditioning problem yourself. Instead, turn the system off and call in AZ Air Conditioning and Heating!