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Late Season Air Conditioning Problems You May See

autumn-backgroundSummer officially ends in two weeks, but that’s only on the calendar. We can still expect warm and hot days moving into the early fall, and that means your home’s AC isn’t finished with the hard work yet. This is a time of year when all the accumulated stress on the system may cause it to malfunction.

Please don’t ignore any need for AC repair in Voorhees, NJ, no matter how late in the year: fixing problems promptly with a call to HVAC professionals is the best way to ensure the trouble doesn’t worsen and that the AC will enjoy a long service life. And you certainly don’t want to have to deal with a busted AC when you try to turn it back on next year in the spring!

Some of Those Late-Summer, Early-Fall AC Troubles

After a long summer of keeping the heat out of your house, your air conditioner may run into problems because of all the strain on it. These are some of the more common ones you may need to call our technicians to repair:

  • Failed capacitors: Capacitors are essential electrical components responsible for sending voltage to the motors to start them as well as keep them running. They are sensitive to high heat and may lose their ability to hold an electric charge after an intensive summer heat wave. You may notice the AC making clicking noises when it starts or struggling to get the compressor going. This “hard-starting” can be a warning of capacitors failing. You’ll need HVAC professionals to replace them.
  • Dying motors: Is there an acrid, burning smell coming from the AC or the room vents? The likely cause is one of the motors on the verge of burning out. This can happen because of loss of lubrication or too much dust on the motor. Shut down the air conditioner and call right away for repairs. The technicians might be able to save the motor. If not, they can replace it.
  • Frozen evaporator coils: The indoor coils of the air conditioner are known as the evaporator coils because its where the cold refrigerant evaporates to remove heat from the house. The coil should never have any ice on it. If it does have ice, it means the refrigerant is not absorbing enough heat and is remaining so cold it’s freezing moisture along its surface. This can be a warning of leaking refrigerant, which is a serious problem that needs pros to fix as soon as possible.
  • Low airflow from the vents: Are you finding airflow coming from the vents seems weaker than usual? There are a number of potential causes for this, such as a clogged air filter, damaged blower motor fan, or leaks in the ductwork. Before calling for repair help, check on the filter to see if it needs to be changed for a clean one.

You can rely on our HVAC repair experts to have any cooling trouble fixed. Why not call us for repairs and arrange for your regular fall heating maintenance at the same time? You’ll have a fixed air conditioner—and your heater will be prepped for the first day of cold weather.

Repair your air conditioning system with the help of Gibson Heating & Cooling. Serving the Greater Chapel Hill, NJ area.

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