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Issues That Commonly Harm Air Conditioning Efficiency

air-filterAir conditioning systems are not immune to issues, especially during the summer when there is greater strain put on them than at any other time. Hopefully, you’ve already had your air conditioner checked out by a professional this season to root out any preexisting problems. Still, it’s a good idea to make sure that you know the signs that your system is struggling with some sort of issue. The faster you can identify that your air conditioner is experiencing a problem, the faster you can get it repaired and the more money you can save on costs. One of the more important effects of many air conditioning problems is that they negatively impact the efficiency of the system. Read on to find out more about these various issues, and what can be done about them.

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant is the liquid that your air conditioner relies on to keep your home cool. The lower the refrigerant level in the system drops due to a leak, the more output efficiency your air conditioner will lose. Eventually, the refrigerant level will drop low enough that the system breaks down entirely. It’s best that you not let that happen, both for the sake of your wallet and the sake of your mental health.

Clogged Air Filter

The air filter is designed to protect your air conditioner from the contaminants and other detritus that are commonly found in the ducts. While the filter is good at this job, it does need to be changed out every few months to avoid becoming clogged. The longer you use your air conditioner without changing the filter, the more clogged it will become. A clogged air filter will prevent the majority of the airflow from reaching the air conditioner. The less air is available to the air conditioner, the less able it will be to cool the home. This may initially manifest as an efficiency issue, but it can lead to a full breakdown if it isn’t dealt with in time.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is when your air conditioner turns itself on and off every couple of minutes instead of completing its full cooling cycle. This is often caused by an electrical issue, and can negatively impact your air conditioner efficiency by preventing the system from completing a full cycle. On top of that, though, the system will also be more prone to developing other problems while short cycling. The longer you use the air conditioner, the more likely it will be to break down in a possibly spectacularly expensive fashion. Make sure that you call for repairs before that happens.  If you react quickly, you’ll at least be able to mitigate a good portion of the damage.

Total Comfort, Inc. offers full air conditioning repair services in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Make sure you contact us as soon as you suspect that something is wrong with your air conditioner.  We’ll be able to keep your air conditioner in fine working order for many years to come.

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