Many homeowners can’t be bothered by their air conditioners until something goes wrong. We get it, life is too short to be worried about a machine in your home, and we’re firm believers of seizing the day and doing what you enjoy! However, for the homeowners that are a little more down-to-earth and want some help, this type of thing comes up a lot. People often ask us about the most common problems that we encounter, and we’d like to shed some light on them.
Remember, just because a problem is common doesn’t mean it’s what you’re dealing with. Air conditioning in Grand Rapids, MI comes in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important that you have a professional figure out what exactly is the problem.
Maybe you’ll be able to get a bit of help from this blog post as you struggle to figure out what’s wrong with your system, and whether it’s a common problem or not.
1. Clogged Air Filter
Your HVAC system has an air filter that needs to be changed out every 1-3 months. If you were completely unaware of this, or you’ve totally forgotten about this component until now, don’t worry. Sometimes homeowners simply missed that part of the installation, or they just forgot. It’s completely understandable.
This is an important piece of the puzzle though. You’re going to need to replace your air filter now and set up some sort of reminder system for it in the future. Many problems we encounter are the result of a clogged filter that wasn’t maintained properly.
2. Lack of Maintenance
Maintenance is absolutely vital for your air conditioner. Without it, you run the risk of encountering many different types of problems that result from poor efficiency or wear and tear. Basically, maintenance should be your first step in proactively mitigating repair needs down the line. If you skip maintenance or haven’t had maintenance done in years, there’s a high likelihood that you’ll run into an issue.
3. Refrigerant Leak
Every air conditioner depends on refrigerant for it to be able to cool your home properly. Without refrigerant, you’ll run into poor cooling output, higher energy bills, and a shortened system lifespan. Refrigerant leaks can be recognized by a hissing or bubbling noise, or a decrease in efficiency or effectiveness of a system. It can only be fixed by a professional.
4. Botched Installation
Sometimes there can be problems related to a botched installation of a system. This can happen if it was set up by an amateur or by someone who didn’t perform an accurate load calculation. Don’t worry, your options might not be as bad as you think. Let our team take a look and see if we can’t make the proper fix or system upgrade to address the problem at hand.
5. A Minor Fix
There could be a thousand minor problems we would mention here, but a lot of them can be nipped in the bud by our professionals. The longer they go on neglected, the more likely your system is to suffer from a total breakdown or an efficiency problem that costs you in the long run.
It’s time to call GRmetro Heating and Cooling Inc for your AC repair needs.