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3 Air Conditioning Problems That Require Immediate Repair

As a general rule, you don’t want to ignore any problems that might crop up with your air conditioner. The faster you get problems taken care of by a professional, the healthier your system will be. There are some problems, however, which absolutely cannot wait for repairs. When these emergency problems occur, you need to be able to recognize them and take action as quickly as possible. The following are 3 common air conditioning problems that require immediate repair.

Malfunctioning Compressor

The compressor is the part that pumps refrigerant through the entire air conditioning system. It is responsible for maintaining the rhythm of the air conditioner during operation, making sure that everything runs smoothly. If the compressor begins to malfunction, however, it can have some serious effects on the operation of the air conditioner. An AC that turns itself on and off every few minutes is often the victim of a bad compressor. If you notice this happening, turn off your system immediately and call a professional.

Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is the liquid that makes it possible for the air conditioner to work. The refrigerant is evaporated by a coil in the inside unit of the air conditioner to absorb heat. Then, the refrigerant gas takes the heat to the outside unit and is condensed back into a liquid. This releases the heat outside. The refrigerant is not consumed during this process, merely recycled through the system. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, however, it will drain the system of refrigerant. This will prevent the air conditioner from actually cooling the home. If you see liquid leaking around your air conditioner, call a professional immediately to make sure that it isn’t a refrigerant leak.

Frozen Coil

The evaporator coil is what is responsible for evaporating refrigerant to absorb heat from the indoor air. If the coil becomes too dusty, or if it is deprived of refrigerant by a leak in the line, it can lower the temperature of the surrounding air below freezing. This will cause the condensation that forms on the coil to freeze. The entire coil can ice over in short order, preventing it from cooling the air in the home and possibly damaging the coil itself. If you notice ice forming on your air conditioning unit, call us right away.

If you suspect that your air conditioner is in need of emergency repairs, call Rentmeister Total Home Service. We provide air conditioner services throughout Salt Lake City, UT. 

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