Summertime HVAC: Common Seasonal Problems

Learn About the Air Conditioning Issues That Come Along with High Temps

HVAC, HVAC repair

Summer means different things to different people, but most of us welcome the beloved traditions that accompany this time of year. Whether it’s the sounds of kids playing Marco Polo in the swimming pool, or the taste of cool, crisp watermelon served up at the picnic table, this is a time for family and friends to make forever memories. Of course, as HVAC professionals we also have a unique take on the season. There are certain problems we tend to see a lot of during this time. Read below for a short list of common seasonal problems and their solutions, below.

Capacitor Breakdowns: This is a frequent summer HVAC complaint, as capacitors can easily overheat. For air conditioners placed on rooftops, this can be a real problem with the summer sun. Any HVAC system running hard for hours and hours can also result in overheating. Humming and clicking noises during operation are a telltale sign. Have both your start and run capacitors checked immediately if your HVAC isn’t working consistently.  A minor, inexpensive problem can quickly turn into a costly fix if it goes ignored for too long.

Undercharged Air Conditioners: HVAC system use refrigerant as a heat transference fluid. This liquid helps you air conditioner both absorb heat from inside and cool it down, sending all the heat outside. Each system has a set amount, referred to as its “charge,” and should remain pretty consistent during the lifetime of your equipment.

However, pinpoint leaks can sometimes develop in the coils and refrigerant lines. As you might expect, these leaks can make it more difficult for your HVAC to cool the air. Your system then has to work harder to do the same job it used to do efficiently, resulting in longer cycle times and higher utility bills. If you’re noticing your energy costs are going up or your air conditioner seems to have trouble cooling your air, it’s time to schedule an inspection.

Air Flow Issues: Have you observed a reduction in cool air coming out of your vents and registers? Is your HVAC overall not cooling properly? Airflow issues could be the cause. The good news is that this can often be due to vegetation overgrowth around your condenser outside, an easily correctable problem. Other times simply changing a dirty intake air filter can mean better airflow and efficient energy use.

The bottom line is that regular maintenance and staying on top of repairs will always save you money in the long run. Ensure your indoor comfort during the hottest days of summer with HVAC that works well 24 hours a day.


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