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Reasons Why Air Conditioners Break Down

An outdoor HVAC unit.

Summer is in full swing and that means one thing - air conditioners are working overtime! If you're like most people, you probably crank up the AC when the weather gets too hot. And while your air conditioner may be able to handle the Texas heat, it's definitely not invincible. In fact, there are a number of things that can cause your air conditioner to break down.

In this blog, Hedrick's Service Now will discuss some of the most common reasons why air conditioners break down and tips on how to avoid this from happening. If you want to enjoy your summer while still staying cool and comfortable at home, keep on reading!

Dirty HVAC Filters

One of the most common reasons air conditioners break down is due to dirty filters. When the filter is clogged with dirt and debris, it restricts airflow and puts strain on the system. As a result, your air conditioner has to work harder to cool your home, which can lead to premature breakdowns. To avoid this, be sure to check and clean your filters on a regular basis.

Refrigerant Leaks

Another common issue is refrigerant leaks. Refrigerant is what helps your air conditioner cool your home. If there's a leak in the system, it can cause the unit to overwork itself trying to compensate for the loss of refrigerant. This can lead to major problems down the line, so be sure to have any leaks repaired as soon as possible.

Lack of AC Maintenance

Lack of maintenance is another common issue that leads to air conditioner breakdowns. Just like any other appliance in your home, your air conditioner needs regular tune-ups and maintenance to keep it running properly. Neglecting to do this can lead to a number of problems, such as dirty coils, clogged drain lines, and more. To avoid this, be sure to have your air conditioner serviced by a professional at least once a year.

Thermostat Issues

Thermostat issues can also cause your air conditioner to break down. If the thermostat is set too low, it can cause the unit to overwork itself trying to reach the desired temperature. This cannot only lead to premature breakdowns, but it can also increase your energy bills. To avoid this, be sure to keep the thermostat set to a reasonable temperature.

Dirty Condenser Coils

If you aren’t sure what condenser coils are, they are located inside of the AC unit that is outside of your home. Due to the fact that the system is outside, debris such as dirt, leaves, and branches can easily clog your condenser coils. To avoid this from happening, make sure you are cleaning the area around your outdoor unit regularly and keeping at least two feet of clear space around the unit.

Closing the Vents in Unused Rooms

Many homeowners fall for the myth that closing vents in unused rooms will make other rooms in your home cooler, but this is far from the truth. If you close the vents in specific rooms of your house, your AC system won’t know that the vents are closed, so it will continue trying to push air out of the closed vents. Not only does this cause strain on your AC system, but it also wastes energy, causing your utility bills to skyrocket. Always keep your vents open for the cool air to evenly circulate.

These are just a few of the most common reasons why air conditioners break down. By being aware of these issues, you can help prevent them from happening to your unit and ensure a comfortable summer at home. However, if you do run into any issues with your air conditioner, Hedrick's Service Now is here to help. Contact us today by giving us a call at (214) 509-6029 or filling out our online contact form to speak with one of our team members.