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The air conditioner in your Sarasota home works hard to combat the Florida heat and eventually something is bound to go wrong with it. Here are four common A/C problems you may encounter during the upcoming cooling season and what you or your HVAC technician will need to do to remedy them.

Low refrigerant

If your A/C is low on refrigerant, it was either incorrectly charged at installation or it’s got a leak. Your technician will measure the refrigerant level and test for leaks. Once the leak is repaired and the repair is thoroughly tested, your system will be recharged to the exact specifications set forth by the manufacturer.

Dust buildup

Over time, dust enters your system and settles on the motor, fan and compressor, lowering the efficiency of your system and causing premature failure of these essential components. An HVAC technician will need to remove the dust, but there are a couple of things you can do over the course of the cooling season to prevent the buildup in the first place:

  • Check your air filter on a monthly basis and replace it when you can’t see through it. Keep the area around your indoor unit clean.
  • Hose down your outdoor unit every month to remove dirt and debris trapped in the fins. Prevent plants and other obstructions from blocking the unit.

Electric control failure

Corroded wires or terminals and loosened electrical connections can prevent your system from operating efficiently or from operating at all. An HVAC technician will clean the terminals, tighten all connections and inspect for corrosion.

Drainage problems

A clogged condensate drain may cause water to back up and your air conditioner to stop working, especially during particularly humid periods. Remove the clog with a plumber’s snake or a wet/dry vacuum.

The best way to help prevent all of these problems is to schedule a preventive tune-up with a qualified HVAC technician. 

For more expert advice about common A/C problems and their solutions, please feel free to contact us at Aqua Plumbing & Air. We proudly serve the Sarasota and Bradenton areas with a high level of customer satisfaction.

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