Common Problems that Can Develop in Older Air Conditioning Units

Air Conditioner Service

When properly maintained, air conditioners can run efficiently for many years. However, older units are more likely to require air conditioner repair , especially if they haven’t been maintained on an annual basis. As a homeowner, it is important to recognize when your air conditioner can be repaired, or when it is time to replace it with a new unit.

Decreasing Efficiency 
If your electric bill is climbing without any change in your cooling routine, your air conditioner may be consuming energy inefficiently for a multitude of reasons. An inspection by your experienced HVAC technician can help pinpoint the cause.

Short-cycling, when an air conditioner turns on and off frequently, can indicate that your air conditioner has an internal problem or is no longer able to meet the demands of cooling your home. Short-cycling decreases the life of your air conditioner and uses a lot of energy.

Refrigerant Loss 
Your air conditioner is not able to hold a charge of refrigerant, it may be time to replace it. The refrigerant lines may no longer have the integrity to maintain a charge.

Frozen Coils
A frozen evaporator coil is a symptom more than an actual problem, and can be the result of frequent short-cycling or inefficiency. Air conditioners of a certain age may simply not be able to handle the workload any longer. Air conditioners that have frozen coils can sometimes operate, but they consume vast amounts of energy and can become damaged further.

Schedule an inspection with your HVAC technician to determine whether your air conditioner can be repaired or if it should be replaced. Contact Estes Heating & Air Conditioning of Atlanta at (678) 733-9791 to schedule a service appointment with us.

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