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The End of Summer Is Near: Watch for These Common AC Issues

Though it may not feel like it quite yet, summer is just about coming to a close. The air conditioning system that has worked to keep your home cooled down all season continues to perform, so everything is fine, right? Actually, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your system during this time of year.

Even if you’ve had your system routinely maintained to prevent huge issues, the strain of the summer workload can turn into malfunctions for any type of air conditioning system. The sooner you are aware of these malfunctions, however, the less likely it is that you’ll have an AC breakdown before you’re done using the cooling system. But what are the air conditioner issues you should watch out for?

Failed Capacitors

These are the components that send electrical voltage to your system’s motors, which run the fans and the compressor. When a capacitor is exposed to heat over a number of consecutive days as it is here in New Mexico, it starts to lose the ability to hold a charge. If the capacitor fails, the motor won’t be able to start.

Dirt on Outside Coils

Dust and dirt can easily start to collect along the outside condenser unit. Some of this debris might even enter the cabinet, creating a layer of grime over the condenser coil. If this occurs, the air conditioner won’t be able to release heat effectively to the outside. As a result, your AC system’s performance level will drop and the system will begin the damaging process of short-cycling, where it turns on and off rapidly.

Obstructed Air Filters

How often to you change the air filter in your HVAC system? If you haven’t done it yet this summer, then it’s most likely overdue. A clogged air filter can create a number of problems. It should be cleaned or replaced every 1–3 months, depending on its use and the contaminants within your living space.

For quality air conditioning repairs in Espanola, NM, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today.

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