The summer months are upon us, which means we’ll all be turning off our heat and turning to our air conditioning systems for comfortable indoor air. AC systems are generally durable, but a year of sitting dormant can lead to a myriad of issues. Below, we’ll be discussing the top 10 AC system issues that are likely to pop up after months of inactivity.
Why Do Problems Occur?
Your AC system has a lot of complex parts that work together to provide you with comfortable air in your living space. After months of not being turned on and not being maintained, these pieces often degrade, corrode, and break down.
Below are the 10 most common issues you’ll experience when turning on your air conditioning system for the first time in a year.
1 Clogged Filter
Your filters likely sat untouched for months, collecting dust and other particles. Clogged or dirty filters make your equipment work harder, and the added stress can cause a system failure.
2 Faulty Thermostat
Thermostats are surprisingly temperamental and can suffer from broken soldering joints and general damage from inactivity.
3 Coolant Leaks
When your AC system sits unused, the seals on the refrigerant lines can dry up and crack. When the coolant leaks out of your AC, it will no longer cool the air in your home.
4 Clogged Drain Line
Over months of sitting unused, your drain line can get clogged with dust, dirt, and other debris, causing your AC to leak water that can damage your unit.
5 Faulty Fuses
Your AC system relies on a number of fuses that can blow when it’s turned on for the first time in a year. The result is a system that won’t start up or blow air.
6 Damaged Capacitors
Capacitors are responsible for your AC’s motor starting and running. They can get overloaded after sitting for months and burn out when you first turn your system on in the early summer.
7 Broken Compressor
Your AC system’s compressor can burn out after a year of sitting dormant. This typically results in hot air blowing out of your vents.
8 Corroded Evaporator Coils
Evaporator coils are responsible for removing heat from your indoor air. These coils can corrode if they sit inactive for too long, so proper maintenance needs to be done on them before starting up your system.
9 Dirty Condenser Coils
Your condenser coils are located in your outside unit, so they can get dirty and clogged as they sit through the fall, winter, and early spring. These should always be cleaned professionally before starting your system for the first time each year.
10 Damaged Contactors
Contactors in your AC system are responsible for maintaining current through all of the electrical components. These can wear down with lack of use, causing the system to fail.
Risk of Not Getting Your AC System Inspected
Failing to have your AC system inspected before you turn it on for the first time each year often leads to broken components and inefficiencies that put added strain on the equipment. Routine maintenance at the beginning of the season will ensure your system runs smoothly and won’t suffer from added damage that can end up costing you hundreds of dollars down the road.
Our schedule for inspections and maintenance is filling up quickly, so contact one of our certified professionals before it’s too late!