Common Summer AC Problems

Summer is a precious time of year for Floridians and tourists alike. With the cheerful sunshine, relaxing beaches, world-famous attractions, trendy culture, and countless scenic nature paths — it’s no wonder Florida is a place so many of us are proud to call home. However, one major drawback most Floridians can agree upon is the dreaded heat and humidity — particularly during the summer months. And, when the outside temperatures start rising,  you need to be able to rely on your AC to provide your home with the cool air you need to feel comfortable. Unfortunately, many homeowners experience these common AC problems every summer. So, whether you’re currently experiencing an issue with your air conditioner, or just want to be prepared in the event of one occurring this summer — the professionals at Sansone got you covered.

5 Most Common Summer AC Problems

1. Bad AC Capacitor

During summertime, the basic expectation you have of your AC system is to cool your home. But, if your AC is not blowing cool air, a bad capacitor could be the culprit. The AC capacitor— also called the run capacitor — is a small cylindrical part that energizes the motor that powers your AC system. It provides your AC system the initial boost of energy needed to power on and continuously run. Common signs of a bad capacitor include:

  • AC not blowing cold air
  • AC takes a while to start once you turn it on
  • Humming sound coming from your air conditioner
  • AC shuts off on its own
  • AC won’t turn on

Fortunately, a bad capacitor is not a death sentence for your AC system — it is merely a part that needs to be replaced. Learn how to troubleshoot and replace a bad capacitor in our step-by-step guide.

2. Dirty Air Filters

Florida homeowners use their AC units a lot — especially during the summer. When your AC is running more often to cool your home, air filters become clogged more quickly. During the summer months, set a monthly or bi-weekly reminder to check your filters and replace them if needed. This is the best way to prevent dirty air filters from threatening your system’s efficiency and the air quality in your home.

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3. Clogged AC Drain Line

Another common AC problem that tends to happen often during the summer months, is a clogged AC drain line. Your AC drain line plays an important part in the cooling process. It is the line in which moisture from the evaporator coils is able to escape. However, over time, the AC drain line becomes obstructed with dirt, algae, and other debris — and the water is unable to be expelled. This can cause a variety of issues, including frozen evaporator coils, leaks, water damage, and more. Common signs of a clogged AC drain line are water dripping from the AC unit, exhaust fans, or bottom of the cabinet. Fortunately, cleaning the AC drain line can help prevent a multitude of AC problems. Learn how to clean your AC drain line six easy steps.

4. Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is a liquid that evaporates into cooling gas — which is what removes the heat and humidity from your home. When a refrigerant leak occurs, one of the first signs you may notice is your home is not cool — even though your AC is on. Before calling your HVAC technician, look for other potential causes of this problem — like dirty air filters and thermostat settings — as these can also play a role in your AC not cooling.

5. High Energy Bills

It’s no secret that your Florida AC is the highest energy-consuming appliance in your home. With the sizzling summer temperatures, the energy demands of your AC increase substantially — often resulting in skyrocketed summer energy bills. While you can’t control the Florida heat, there are some steps you can take to lower your energy bills during the summertime — like changing your air filters regularly, conducting a home energy audit, maintaining your AC, and more. For more helpful tips on lowering high summer energy bills, click here.

AC Service in South Florida

If you’re in need of AC service, look no further than the professionals at Sansone. We’ve been in business for more than four decades and pride ourselves on providing South Florida residents with the best in HVAC services and customer care.

Call us today to learn more about our quick, efficient, and economical AC repairs services or schedule an appointment online.

Broward: (954) 800-2858
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