Summertime means fun in the sun. It also means cooling off in an air-conditioned home. Unfortunately, when your AC unit is acting up, things can get extremely heated, especially if you don’t know what the problem is. Like any other appliance, your air conditioner can break down at the worst time. Is the airflow sluggish? Check your air filters for dust and dirt that can accumulate easily. This forces your system to work harder, and it can weaken your air conditioner’s effectiveness. The air filters should be replaced regularly, every one to three months.

The thermostat in your air conditioning unit is something that you probably don’t pay much attention to. Any number of problems could be causing the thermostat to malfunction and impact the amount of cool air you are receiving. While some of the causes may be simple (is the thermostat display lit?), other could be more problematic and require a professional.

Is your air conditioner making unusual noises? When it is functioning properly, it should be running quietly in the background. The noise could be due to a damaged air belt, among other things. If this happens, you should call a professional air conditioning expert to repair the problem and prevent further problems from occurring.

Another reason your air conditioning isn’t working properly may be due to dirt on the cooling coils. When that happens, the air in your home will be warm instead of cool. In addition, the refrigerant flowing along the coils could be leaking, depriving your system of necessary coolant. When your refrigerant is low, your air conditioner may still run, but not in top form. This is probably the last thing you want on a sweltering summer day.

Your air conditioner’s compressor is the mainstay of the system. It makes the AC unit run the way an engine runs your car. If your compressor is acting up, you may not be getting any cold air at all. Replacing the compressor can be extremely costly. It’s a good idea to have a professional air conditioning specialist check your compressor annually to prevent a costly a replacement.

If your air conditioning unit is leaking water, the drain line could be clogged. This can be due to a rusty drain pan or a broken condensate pump. A professional technician can either repair the problem and replace any parts that are broken.

If the fans in your central air conditioner aren’t working, there could be a number of reasons. Your capacitor may need replacing. The motor may have burnt out due to wear and tear. A professional technician can analyze the problem and offer you the best solution.

Perhaps your AC unit is simply getting older. It has served you well, but it is no longer able to do the job.

The best way to ensure your conditioner works when you need it is to arrange for a professional tune-up each spring before the summer heat can make life unpleasant. Contact us at John Piccirilli Plumbing & Heating in Conklin, New York. Our trained technicians are available to analyze any problems before they before too serious and costly, or they can arrange for the installation of an entirely new system. We are available 24/7 for emergencies. Call us at (607) 775-1316 for quick and reliable service.