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Why Your Air Conditioner Output is Falling

air-conditioning-repairWe’re finally starting to get out of the hottest part of the summer, but we still have at least a couple of weeks left where you’re probably going to be using your air conditioner on a regular basis. That means that you still need to keep an eye on your system, in case it starts to exhibit issues. One of the most obvious warning signs that your air conditioner is having problems is falling output. Have a look at some of the reasons why your air conditioner output might be lower than it should be.

You Have a Refrigerant Leak

Your air conditioner can cool your home by evaporating and condensing refrigerant. It doesn’t consume refrigerant during this process. It just recycles the same supply of refrigerant throughout its lifespan. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will start to drain the air conditioner. As the amount of available refrigerant in the air conditioner drops, the system’s output capacity will drop as well. Eventually, the refrigerant level will drop to the point that it cannot continue operating. Make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you notice fluid dripping from your system.

Air Handler Malfunctions

The air handler is the part of your air conditioner responsible for circulating air throughout the home during operation. The part is basically comprised of a large motor with a fan attached to it. If the air handler malfunctions, the air conditioner will not be able to properly cool the home. If you notice that your air conditioner is not blowing as much air as it should be, contact a professional as soon as possible. Air handler problems can be caused by electrical issues, or by burnout caused by bearing failure.

Short Cycling

If your air conditioner is turning itself on and off every couple of minutes, it’s short cycling. Short cycling does a number of harmful things to the air conditioner. First, it severely cuts down on the system’s output capacity. This is because the air conditioner can’t complete a full cooling cycle. Long-term consequences are a bit worse, though.

Over time, the short cycling will dramatically increase the rate at which the system accumulates wear and tear. Long term short cycling will cause repair costs to skyrocket. It will also shorten the lifespan of the air conditioner by a number of years. If you notice your system short cycling, it’s imperative that you call for repairs as soon as possible. The faster you can get the system repaired, the more damage you can prevent and the better off it will be. Prolonged short cycling will only hasten the end of your air conditioner’s life.

Saddleback Plumbing provides a full range of air conditioner repair services throughout Laguna Niguel, CA. If your air conditioner needs repairs of any kind, contact our trained team of professionals today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts. We’ll make sure that your air conditioner finishes out the season in the best possible shape.

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