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Is Your AC Already Having Trouble Keeping Up?

flushed-man-in-front-of-fanAs the weather warms up, does it feel like your house isn’t keeping as cool as you’d like it? It’s not fun to discover your air conditioner is struggling to do its job, but at least you’ll find out about it early enough that you can have the problem corrected before more heat arrives.

You may need to schedule air conditioning repair in Raleigh, NC to boost your cooling system back up to where it used to be. In some situations, the best solution is to replace the air conditioner altogether. Below we’re going to look at some reasons you have an air conditioner that just isn’t making the grade this year and what can be done about them.

Loss of refrigerant

The refrigerant in an air conditioner (R-410A, unless you have a very old air conditioner) doesn’t dissipate as it cools a house. Ideally, the same amount—or charge—or refrigerant will last for as long as the AC does. However, the refrigerant can leak because of corrosion on the refrigerant lines. When this happens, it will cause a drop in cooling power. HVAC technicians can seal the leaks and recharge the refrigerant. Don’t delay: If the AC continues to run with low refrigerant, it might cause a permanent compressor breakdown. That’s no fun at all!

Clogged air filter

Here’s a problem you can usually rectify yourself. The air filter for an air conditioner protects its components from dust and dirt. (It doesn’t actually clean the air. You’ll need special IAQ filters to do that.) The filter will eventually become clogged and need to be replaced every one to three months. If a clogged filter stays in place, less air enters the AC to be cooled down, causing a drop in performance.

A faulty thermostat

The trouble with the heat in your house may be due to the climate controls. A thermostat that is incorrectly sensing cooler temperatures won’t turn the air conditioner on when you need it and will also turn it off too early. Professionals can recalibrate the thermostat so it makes the AC work in the fashion you need.

The AC is simply too old

No air conditioner lasts forever. The usual service life expectancy for a central air conditioner is between 10 to 15 years, with standard manufacturer’s warranties covering 10 to 12 years. No matter how well an air conditioner is maintained, it will reach a point where the accumulation of wear on it will cause it to lose cooling power—and become more expensive to run, which is a terrible combination! An HVAC expert can give you an honest opinion about when it’s best to retire an older air conditioner and have a new one put in.

You can count on our team to provide the right diagnosis of your home cooling troubles and offer the solutions to fix them. From small repairs to full system replacements, we’ll see that you enjoy the comfort you deserve. We offer air conditioning service throughout the Triangle Area of North Carolina.

Ready to get your AC repaired—or maybe have a new one installed? Then call Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today!

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