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3 Common Early-Season AC Repairs

Summer is officially here this week, and that means your air conditioner will begin to work harder as temperatures heat up. There are a few AC repairs that are pretty common to see in the first weeks of summer.

If you suspect any of them, you need to give our team a call to schedule an appointment for AC repairs in Doylestown, PA. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about the three common AC repair needs that we see early in the summer season and the signs of each one.

Water Leaks

It’s common early in the season to notice water leaks. This is because your air conditioner goes unused for the fall and winter seasons while moisture remains in the condensate drain line. If you didn’t rinse that drain line out with vinegar during the off-season, mold growth may be blocking the line and causing water to back up and leak out into your home.

If a condensate drain clog is bad enough, you may not be able to address it by yourself. Our team can visit your home to break down a tough clog and get you a fresh start. Condensate clogs can occur when the system has gone through tremendous amounts of humidity, like during a particularly bad patch of the summer when it feels muggy out.

Refrigerant Leaks 

Refrigerant leaks are also a common early-season AC repair need. There are a variety of ways to identify a potential refrigerant leak. One is by the distinct chemical odor that refrigerant produces when it leaks out of the airtight lines.

A leak may also be accompanied by either a bubbling or a hissing sound, depending on where in the lines, the leak is happening. Even if you don’t hear or smell a refrigerant leak, you may notice the resulting impacts. Air coming out of the vents around your home is likely to be lukewarm instead of cool.

If it seems like your air conditioner is not producing the cooling results you expect, it’s very possible that a refrigerant leak is to blame. However, there could be a variety of factors contributing to a lack of cool airflow, so it really takes a professional technician to check it out and determine what the problem is.

Broken Capacitor

The outdoor portion of your AC unit has a component called a capacitor. Even though it is fairly small, it plays a big part in keeping your home cool. It is completely normal for a capacitor to go out and it is not very expensive to replace, so don’t panic. 

However, if the capacitor does go out, it can impact the entire system from the blower to the outside fan, and even the compressor. So if it seems like your air conditioner suddenly breaks down completely, the capacitor may very well be to blame. 

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling does what’s right for our customers. Schedule an appointment today for AC service or give us a call anytime you have a plumbing emergency.

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