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Air Conditioning Problems to Watch Out for This Spring

As the days start to warm up, you’re going to start using your air conditioning system more and more often. That means more stress on your air conditioner, which means greater likelihood that it will start to develop problems. Air conditioning problems will get progressively worse the longer they are left alone, increasing the chance of a breakdown. The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to break down on you in the middle of a hot day. So it pays to recognize the signs that your air conditioning system has a problem before it gets out of hand. Have a look at some common air conditioning problems below.

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant is the fluid that your air conditioner uses to siphon heat from inside your home and release it outside. Refrigerant is not consumed during this process, merely recycled through the system during operation. So under normal circumstances an air conditioner should use the same refrigerant throughout its lifespan. If the refrigerant line springs a leak, though, it will drain the system of the fluid it needs to operate. You should call a professional if you see liquid dripping from your air conditioner.

Ice

It may seem like a good thing when ice starts forming on your air conditioner. Ice means it’s doing a good job cooling, right? No. Actually, ice on your air conditioner means that the evaporator coil has frozen over, which means it can’t absorb heat from your air while the ice is covering it. If not addressed, the weight of the ice can permanently warp the coil, which means it will need to be replaced. If you see ice on your air conditioner, call a professional.

If your air conditioner is in need of repair, call Sunset Air. We provide air conditioning repair services throughout Olympia, WA.

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