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Common Causes of an Underperforming Air Conditioner

Published by Jennifer Fletcher

Enduring the summer heat can be extra challenging if you’re AC is underperforming. To properly address the problem, it is essential to understand what is causing this problem. 

Read on to learn the possible reasons behind your underperforming AC and what air condition repair can help fix it.

Underperforming Air Conditioner

Dirty Filters

Air filters protect your AC from dirt, dust, and other airborne particles that could harm its components. If the air filter becomes clogged, it reduces the airflow in the system, affecting the amount of air that your AC circulates throughout your home. This can cause your air conditioner to run longer to compensate for the reduced airflow, wearing down the equipment more quickly. Make sure to change your filters every one to three months to prevent such issues.

Faulty Installation

Even the most efficient HVAC systems can perform poorly if there was an error during installation. Faulty installation can cause your cooling system to use up to 30% more energy than required, increasing your utility bills. The most common installation problems are insufficient airflow, leaky ducts, and inappropriate refrigerant charges.

Blocked Air Ducts

Another factor that could cause an underperforming AC is dirty ductwork. Ducts can gather pounds of dust, dirt, and allergens all year round. When these contaminants build up, they will restrict airflow and make your AC work harder to do its job.

Incorrect Size

Did you know that an oversized air conditioner can be just as harmful as one that is too small for your house? This causes short cycling, which means the AC cycles on and off too quickly. This also means that your unit will deteriorate faster and require an early replacement. Make sure your AC is the correct size for your home so you can maximize its efficiency.

Ensure your AC works efficiently this summer and the rest of the year! Call Modern Air Solutions for your air condition service needs. To schedule a consultation, call (630) 534-9037 or fill out our contact form. 

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