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Air Conditioner False Alarms Caused by a Dirty Filter

air-filterThe air filter in your HVAC system … It saves your system from developing some serious repair problems. But if you don’t change it out frequently, it can just as easily develop some serious repair problems. You can’t live with it, and you can’t live without it.

If you’re experiencing any of the following AC repair problems in Grand Rapids, MI, hold off on calling for repairs so soon. Try changing the air filter first and save yourself a service call.

It Appears to Be Short Cycling

Short cycling is when the air conditioner turns on and off too frequently. One big reason for this is the AC unit is too powerful for the home. In this case, the only way to fix short cycling is by replacing the entire unit .

Why is short cycling such a problem? For one, it’s not going to let your home cool down. Second, it takes much more energy to start up the AC then it does to run it continuously, so it will lead to excessive wear and tear. Third, all that extra energy output will show up on your energy bill!

Unless it’s just the air filter…

A clogged air filter can also create a similar issue. Changing the air filter could save you the cost of a brand-new AC unit.

It Seems As If There’s a Duct Leak

Problems with the air ducts are common reasons why you might not feel air in certain rooms of the home. If there are any loose sections or broken seals in the ducts—which tend to happen after years of use—the conditioned air can escape through them.

In fact, it’s estimated that up to 30% of energy is lost through these leaks and disconnects. If you haven’t had your ducts inspected lately, now might be a good time if you’re experiencing high energy bills or warm rooms.

Or, it’s just the air filter…

Less airflow through the filter means less air in general, and that could prevent the AC from cooling all of the rooms. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have your ducts inspected either.

It Creates a Common Symptom of a Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is a chemical that flows through a set of copper tubes in your air conditioner. Without being too scientific, we’ll just say that the refrigerant is what helps absorb warm air in your home and exhausts it outside. Refrigerant flows through these copper tubes thanks to a combination of the proper temperatures and pressure, so a refrigerant leak would be bad news.

Among the many awful problems that a refrigerant leak can bring, one of them is frozen evaporator coils. The evaporator coil is what removes the warm air from your home, and a refrigerant leak is one of the leading causes for why they freeze up–thus preventing airflow.

But, maybe, it’s just the air filter…

The lack of airflow from a dirty filter can cause the evaporator coil to get too cold, freeze over, and leave the impression that there’s a leak in the system.

Not sure if you’ve got a serious problem or just an air filter problem? Contact Westshore Mechanical today to schedule a service.

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