Things break down. If it isn’t the air conditioning system, maybe it’s the car, the computer or the dishwasher. The good news is most breakdowns are pretty minor. In other words, it can either be fixed with a quick adjustment or done at low cost without the need for expensive parts and installation costs. Most the time, your system just needs a little bit of a tweak to get it back up and running and if anything needs to be replaced, it isn’t the end of the world.

In fact, many times customers get bent out of shape over a problem that ends up costing very little to fix simply because it seems like it is more serious than it is. There is a bit of a natural panic some folks have when things break around the house and there’s no one there who knows how to fix it.

Overall, most air conditioning systems are going down because of certain very common issues that can be solved within a very modest budget. Los Angeles air conditioning specialists Temperature Control Corp can help. Here are the top 5 most common reasons we see a system having problems in homes:

Thermostat Issues

The thermostat is one of the smallest and most delicate parts of the air conditioning system in your home or business. These small, precisely wired units are used to gauge how the system overall should be running based on the temperature at their location. If the thermostat is well placed, you really don’t have much of a problem with anything. If not, the system will fight back and forth to adjust the temperature because of one area.

An example is people putting thermostat too close to the door. This area is much more dynamic in temperature since people come in and out all day. The temperature is likely to bounce back and forth constantly. Instead, keep it in the center of the largest room in your dwelling to make sure that it is keeping a smooth, consistent track of the temperature.

Improper Cleaning

Generally speaking, most people do not clean their air conditioning systems often enough. During the cooling season, you should clean the filter once every month or two. Outside of that, it’s not too important. If you don’t clean your air conditioner on a regular enough basis, it will get clogged and can put excess strain on the equipment to run while having dirt and dust block air flow. It’s not good. Keep your system clean before it breaks down due to this!

Leaks of Refrigerant

Refrigerant leaks are all too common. If you have a leak and can identify the source, which isn’t always easy, you can cover it with something or replace the part that’s leaking, although we generally recommend giving us a call instead of trying to do it yourself.

Wrong Size Air Conditioner

It seems like common sense, but some people don’t understand it. A small air conditioner cannot cool a giant room! If you are stuck with this problem, you are likely going to need to buy a new, larger air conditioner, period.

Drainage Problems

If the condensation pump breaks, water is going to pool up and start leaking from the system. This can cause the system to cool less effectively and make it drain your energy bill more aggressively.

If you have any questions about your air conditioning unit this summer, call the HVAC experts at Temperature Control Corp.