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3 Air Conditioning Problems That Require Urgent Repair

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Your AC unit's lifespan will be affected by various factors. Some brands install the air conditioner with louvered wraps to help protect your unit from UV rays, while others have a wire wrap that may not offer your equipment enough protection from the sun. Also, the quality of your air conditioner's components will affect your unit's longevity. A good brand should have high-quality condensers, motors, and fans.

However, even if you buy a durable AC system that can last for many years, your unit will still experience the following repair issues that may need urgent fixing.

Refrigerant Leaks

Your refrigerant is responsible for absorbing heat from various parts of your AC system and eliminating it, cooling your home. The liquid can leak due to various reasons. The first culprit is wear and tear. With time, different parts of your AC unit will start to deteriorate. For instance, rubber seals on the service valve can degenerate and start leaking. 

Also, your unit's assembly joints can rust and develop tiny holes that will start to leak. Another form of a leak is called 'pinhole leaks.' These leaks happen when formaldehyde, which exists in low amounts in your air, forms formic acid. The acid will collect on your air conditioning coils and gradually eat away at your copper tubes.

While formaldehyde is harmless at lower levels, it can trigger various respiratory conditions if you are exposed to excessive amounts of it. You may experience coughing, wheezing, nausea, and eye and nose irritation.


If your air conditioner keeps turning on and off rapidly, that's a red flag your equipment needs urgent repair. This problem can be due to dirty air filters. Your filters can become clogged with dust and debris, restricting proper airflow. Your unit won't remove the hot air in your system correctly, leading to overheating. Too much heat will cause your equipment to short-cycle.

Loose wiring and connections can cause your system to short-cycle as they will interfere with the proper movement of electrical current. Also, if your home was installed with a larger than necessary AC system, it may consume excessive energy while cooling your home, leading to uneven distribution of conditioned air. This issue will cause your AC unit to short cycle as it won't correctly estimate the temperatures in your home.

Frozen Evaporator Coils

The evaporator coils help to cool the hot air in the refrigerant. If the components become too dirty, they won't properly absorb the heat from the liquid. Hence, the condensation on the coils will become too cold and freeze. You will have to call your AC unit's professional urgently as the coils may get damaged, affecting your entire unit.

For further assistance, contact a local air conditioning repair company.