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Two Reasons Why Your A/C May Stop Working This Summer!

Your air conditioning unit is like a marathon runner. It has demands to meet, no matter how rigorous the obstacles are. One of the worst things that can happen to a homeowner is a hot house in the dead of summer. 

How Does Your Air Conditioner Work?

The most common central cooling system is a split system, which includes an outdoor cabinet containing a condenser coil and compressor and an indoor evaporator coil, usually installed in conjunction with your furnace or air handler. The compressor pumps a chemical called refrigerant through the system. Once warm air inside your home blows across the indoor evaporator coil, its heat energy transfers to the refrigerant inside the coil. That transfer, in turn, “cools” the air. The refrigerant is pumped back to the compressor where the cycle begins again. The heat absorbed by the refrigerant is moved outside your home while cooled air is blown inside. Moisture that contributes to humidity is also condensed out of the air. Your cooling system is usually combined with your central heating system because they share the same ductwork for distributing conditioned air throughout your home.

If you have neglected to give your A/C some TLC, you are in luck, it’s not too late. Clean the outside unit. This could help prevent higher electric bills, decreased comfort and lower the chances of your system breaking down. 

to give your A/C some TLC, you are in luck, it’s not too late. Clean the outside unit. This could help prevent higher electric bills, decreased comfort and lower the chances of your system breaking down. 

First reason that your air conditioner might stop working is overheating. Yes, your A/C can over heat! Most of the time when this happens, it will trip a circuit breaker in your home. Don’t flip the switch and ignore it. More than likely the circuit tripped because the wires were overheating. If the circuit trips more than once, call an Electrician ASAP. 

Second reason is your system is getting close to retirement. Age takes a toll on all of us, including your equipment that works around the clock to make sure we are always comfortable. Typically units will last between 10-15 years, so if your system is reaching its peak, it’s time to think about getting it replaced. 

Get an HVAC Technician in your home to make sure your air conditioning system will meet the needed standards to keep you comfortable all summer long! 

Topics: Air Conditioning HVAC System outside unit Broken