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Causes and Solutions for Air Conditioner Breakdowns

Why Home Air Conditioners Break Down (And How to Fix Them)

Summer is almost here, and so is the sizzling heat. If you’re like most homeowners, you rely on your air conditioning unit to keep your indoor environment cool and comfortable. But what happens when your air conditioner suddenly stops working during a heatwave?

In this blog, we'll go over common reasons home air conditioners break down and how to prevent costly repairs or replacements.

Lack of Maintenance

A lack of maintenance is one of the most common reasons air conditioning units break down. Like any other home appliance, your air conditioner needs regular upkeep to keep it running efficiently. Neglecting your unit can lead to the following:

  • Clogged filters

  • Refrigerant leaks

  • Evaporator coil damage

To prevent under-maintaining your unit, scheduling regular maintenance appointments with an HVAC technician is crucial. During these visits, they will clean and inspect your air conditioner, lubricate parts if needed, and identify potential problems before they escalate.

Old Age

Another reason your unit may break down is old age. Typically, most air conditioners have around 10-15 years of lifespan. If your unit is older, it may need help to keep up with your cooling demands or may have worn-out parts.

Additionally, older air conditioners may have a lower energy rating, which means they are less energy-efficient and cost you more money to operate. If your unit shows signs of slowing down or requires frequent repairs, it may be time to upgrade to a newer, more energy, and cost-efficient model.

Thermostat Issues

Sometimes, the problem with your unit isn't always the air conditioner but the thermostat. If your thermostat breaks, it can lead to your unit doing the following:

  • Running excessively

  • Not cooling your home

  • Turning on and off sporadically

If you suspect your thermostat is causing issues, there are a few things you can check. First, set it to the right temperature and check that it functions correctly. If it's battery-powered, replace the batteries, and if it's hardwired, check that the wiring is secure. If none of these solutions work, replacing your thermostat with a new one may be time.

Keeping Your Air Conditioner Healthy

As a homeowner, it's essential to understand that your air conditioners, like any other appliance or machine, require proper maintenance and care. Remember, prevention is always better than cure for your unit, and our team at Kern Heating & Cooling Co. is here to upkeep your unit.

You can reach us at (847) 383-0350 to learn more about our services. Here are a few: air conditioner installation, repair, and maintenance.

Contact Kern Heating & Cooling Co. Today!

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