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The Most Common A/C Issues Caused By Summer Heat

//The Most Common A/C Issues Caused By Summer Heat

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It’s that time of the year again when our calendar is filled with longer, sunnier days. With temperatures rising throughout Ventura and Los Angeles County, summertime is the busiest for your air conditioning unit and cooling system. This may be the time of year to take time off work and vacation, but A/C units everywhere are working overtime. At Conejo Valley Heating & Air, we believe quality HVAC systems are a necessity–not just a luxury. That’s why we offer the best value for HVAC repairs, maintenance, and installs throughout the Conejo Valley and beyond. For the convenience of our valued clients we even offer 24-hour emergency repair–to keep the cool air flowing when you need it the most. Whether your A/C is working hard or hardly working, the Conejo Valley Heating & Air team has compiled a list of summer-specific hacks and solutions for your air conditioning’s functioning, so you can stay cool all summer long. For any questions regarding your A/C and cooling system, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly, experienced staff today at 805.499.0448.

Beat The Heat With These Summer A/C Hacks

It’s not only the busiest time of year for your A/C unit but also your local HVAC professionals. With breakdowns and required maintenance most common this time of year, you’ll want to keep your cooling system in tip-top shape and at peak performance to keep your house or building consistently cool and energy bills manageable for your budget. At Conejo Valley Heating & Air, we suggest catching any A/C issues early on before they become more costly repairs–or even full-blown replacements. The moment you begin to suspect a problem with your cooling system, don’t hesitate to contact your local HVAC experts and technicians for an evaluation. Throughout summertime, pay special attention to the following functioning areas that are more susceptible to wear and tear, so you can stay ahead of the summer heat.

Malfunctioning A/C Fan:

If your A/C unit is powered on, and you feel no cool air blowing, first check your home or building’s main circuit breaker to ensure that your cooling system is even receiving electricity. If there’s no issue with your circuit breaker, then it’s time to check the belt linked to your A/C unit’s motor, which is responsible for spinning the fan and expelling cool air. More often than not, the intense temperatures of summer can actually melt the rubber fan belt. If this is the case, be sure to contact a local HVAC professional to replace the belt. A DIY repair job from a novice can result in a broken pulley, fan, or other surrounding parts.

Faulty A/C Capacitor:

Faulty A/C Capacitor: Your A/C unit’s capacitor is like a battery that relays power that starts your blower motor and fan right away when you turn your cooling system on. Because the days are longer and hotter in the summertime, your A/C is running for longer periods of time, which will eventually wear out your capacitor. When this happens, be sure to contact your local HVAC service technician to replace your capacitor since it is considered an electrical hazard.

Frozen Internal Evaporator:

Although it might seem ludicrous given the higher temperatures of summer, your A/C unit is more likely to freeze over this time of year due to components that face more wear and tear. If you notice any ice on or near your cooling system’s evaporator coils, keep in mind that this can be caused by any of the following issues:
  • » A faulty air handler fan that no longer blows cool air across the evaporator coils.
  • » A clogged air filter that limits airflow over the coils.
  • » A refrigerant leak.
Outdoor units can freeze too! This is usually caused by a damaged line or low refrigerant levels, which impact your cooling system’s compression and expansion cycles. If the problem is a dirty air filter, those are simple enough to replace for homeowners. However, when it comes to refrigerant leaks or refills, contact your local HVAC technician since freon can be a dangerous chemical if released in the air.

Broken Condensate Drain Line Or Pan:

One of the major functions of your A/C unit is the evaporator cooling the hot air that passes through it. This creates moisture, which is collected by the condensate drain pan and drained out of your cooling system by means of the condensate drain line. Due to the higher temperatures of summer, your condensate drain pan can accumulate excess water and even rust over, which causes water to drip inside your A/C unit and your home. Similarly, your condensate line can stop working properly due to higher volumes of water. Because condensate lines and pans are proprietary and specific to your particular A/C unit model, you’ll need an HVAC professional to inspect these parts, order the specific component, and install it.

Clogged Air Filters:

Keep in mind your A/C unit requires a filter for its air handler, so it can prevent particulate matter and grit from building up inside your cooling system and air ducts, which can lead to damaging evaporator coils and other components. Consistently replacing your A/C filters can really help your system stay energy efficient all year round–especially during the summer. At Conejo Valley Heating & Air, we recommend checking your air filter every three to four weeks during peak A/C season and replacing it as needed. It is better to go through multiple air filter replacements than replace more costly parts or your entire A/C unit.

Dirty Condenser Coil Fins:

When dust accumulates on your evaporator or condenser coil, your A/C unit is prone to inefficient energy consumption and breakdown as a result. The easiest way to solve this issue is by cleaning the fins on the outside of your condenser coil using a fin comb. If there is an issue with the alignment of your coil’s fins, be sure to contact your local HVAC technicians to set them right again.
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We get it. Summertime is when you need your A/C unit and cooling system the most. That’s why our certified and experienced HVAC professionals remain available around the clock to provide homeowner and property owners quality service throughout Ventura and Los Angeles County. For over 40 years, Conejo Valley Heating & Air has stayed family-owned and operated, meaning all of our valued clients are treated like family. Where your neighbors are our neighbors, we strive to offer the best HVAC services at the best prices in local and surrounding areas. For more questions concerning your A/C unit or HVAC system during the summer heat, contact our friendly staff today at 805.499.0448.
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