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5 of the Most Common Problems that Lead to Air Conditioner Service

May 21, 2015

With summer on the horizon, now is the time to think about any air conditioner service you might need to have performed to maintain your home’s comfort. There are several things you can look for when considering air conditioner service, but some issues are more common than others.

Even if you recently had your yearly spring maintenance performed, you should still keep an eye out for these four possible problems if your air conditioner isn’t operating as it should.

  1. Air Conditioner Not Cooling Like it Used To
    This may be a sign of leaking refrigerant. If you sense a problem here you’ll want to call in trained professionals, like Three Rivers Heating & Cooling in Portland. This way, you’ll know for sure your system is properly repaired and operating at its best. Not only will this guarantee the leak is repaired, but the refrigerant charge will be matched to the manufacturer’s exact specifications, ensuring the optimal operation.
  2. Inadequate maintenance
    When your air conditioner’s filters and coils build up with dirt and grime you’ll see a noticeable decrease in your system’s efficiency, and possibly many other problems if you don’t have them changed or cleaned. Three Rivers Heating & Cooling can perform annual maintenance on your air conditioner to verify it’s clean and running well.
  3. Cycling too frequently
    If you feel that your air conditioner cycles on and off frequently, it could be a signal it’s time to have a professional inspect your system and look over the wiring while they’re there to look for corrosion and confirm the system is wired properly. Another possible reason an air conditioner may cycle on and off frequently could be that your system isn’t the correct size for your home. If this is the case, you may also notice that your home is too humid. Since this issue could be caused by many factors, it’s best to deal with professionals as experienced as the team at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling.
  4. Drainage
    Your system was made to take care of draining the condensation that it produces during the cooling process. Mold and mildew troubles can manifest if the drain becomes clogged, and this can lead to bigger problems.

Even if your air conditioner is newer, it can develop problems when it’s used regularly. Your system will be running at its peak during the summer. If you run into issues or need to schedule annual, preventive maintenance to keep it running, call Three Rivers Heating & Cooling in Portland at 503-213-4433.