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Lingering AC Problems? Address Them Now

As your air conditioner ages, problems become more prevalent. In those last few years of life, you may find yourself spending more and more on AC repairs. But that doesn’t mean that repairs are limited to older units. Even a newer air conditioner can have AC problems from time to time.

You may be tempted to ignore AC problems – especially in newer units. But when you ignore lingering AC problems instead of addressing them, you allow them to get worse. If you need air conditioning repair in Plymouth, MN, give our team a call. We can help you address those problems now so you don’t have to worry about them anymore. 

Consequences of Ignoring AC Problems

When you ignore a small problem with your AC like an unusual sound or smell, the problem doesn’t magically get better. Instead, it worsens. A loose screw isn’t a big deal until it rattles around and gets stuck in your compressor, ultimately costing you thousands of dollars. A belt that’s wearing out isn’t a big deal until it snaps off and bends your fan blades. Don’t let this happen to you! 

Identifying Common AC Problems

Thermostat Settings

If your AC isn’t working right, it may not be a problem with your AC at all. It may be your thermostat, which reads the temperature in your home and then communicates with your air conditioner on when to turn it on and off. If your thermostat isn’t calibrated correctly, it may not get an accurate temperature reading. Or your thermostat may simply be older and in need of a replacement. If your house isn’t reaching your desired temperature despite your heating or cooling settings, your thermostat may be the problem. 

Refrigerant Lines Leaking

If you ever hear hissing or bubbling that sounds like it’s coming from your air conditioner, the refrigerant line may have a leak. Your refrigerant alternates between liquid and gas depending on the stage of cooling. If there is a leak in the part of the line where your refrigerant is liquid, you’ll hear bubbling sounds. If there is a leak in the part of the line where the refrigerant is gas, you’ll hear hissing sounds.

Gaps in Ductwork 

Your ductwork should be tightly sealed to protect airflow from your AC unit into your house. If you can reach the ductwork, you can visually inspect it to see if there are any holes around the joints. Even the tiniest holes can allow a lot of cooled or heated air to escape before reaching your home. In fact, you can lose up to 30% of your energy efficiency because of these gaps, which can also cost you on your energy bill. 

Fan Issues

Your AC unit has one fan on the indoor unit and one fan on the outdoor unit. Both fans can face similar problems like a lack of lubrication, bent fan blades, and worn-out belts. Addressing these problems doesn’t cost a lot, but it can save you a lot when you consider that you will improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioner. These belts contribute to your home’s airflow and can make a big difference – both positive and negative. 

Contact Comfort Matters Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. With you through THE HIGHS & LOWS!

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