Nobody likes to have their air conditioner start developing problems in the middle of a hot summer day. Unfortunately, that happens all too often as demand on the system increases. The more you use your air conditioner, the higher you raise the chances of a problem of some kind occurring. The good news is that if you know what to look for, you can identify problems and have them repaired before they can do too much damage. Dropping output is one of the first major signs that your air conditioner is having some sort of problem. Have a look at some of the reasons below why the air conditioner output might below.
You Have a Refrigerant Leak
Your air conditioner uses refrigerant to cool the home. The indoor unit evaporates refrigerant to absorb heat from the air in your ducts. It then condenses the refrigerant gas back into liquid in the outside unit to vent the collected heat outside. The air conditioner doesn’t consume refrigerant; it simply recycles it back and forth. A refrigerant leak will cause the air conditioner’s output capacity to fall, along with the refrigerant level in the system. If the lost refrigerant is replaced, the level will eventually reach the point where the system cannot continue operating. You should call for repairs right away if you see fluid dripping from your system, especially if it is accompanied by a drop in output level.
Air Handler Problems
The air handler is the part of your air conditioner responsible for moving air throughout the home during operation. It’s basically a large motor that rotates a fan to blow air through the ducts. The air handler is put under a lot of stress while the air conditioner is on. Over years of normal use, the air handler will wear down and begin to develop problem. If you start to hear a loud grinding sound coming from your air conditioner during operation, it’s a good idea to have a professional examine it as soon as possible. If the air handler isn’t repaired quickly enough, the motor could burn out. That would prevent your air conditioner from cooling your home, since it wouldn’t be able to circulate any air.
The Air Filter is Clogged
The air filter is the part of the air conditioner responsible for protecting the system from the dust and debris commonly found in the home’s ducts. The filter does a good job of protecting the system, but it has no way of getting rid of all the junk that it collects. If the filter isn’t replaced often enough, it will eventually become clogged. A clogged air filter will cut off most of the air in the ducts from flowing into the air conditioner. This will seriously cut down on the system’s ability to circulate air throughout the home. If your air conditioner output is low, it might be a good idea to check the air filter to make sure it’s clear.
Climate Control Heating & Cooling offers a full range of air conditioner repair services in Kansas City, MO. If you need to have your air conditioner repaired, contact us today to schedule an appointment.