Here are a few common reasons behind AC breakdowns:
- Old age
- Lack of maintenance
- Clogged air filters
- Refrigerant leaks
Most AC units last up to 15 years before breaking down entirely. If your unit is older than 10 years, age may be causing the breakdowns. If it’s younger, however, there’s probably a more specific problem.
One reason why a younger AC unit might break down is lack of maintenance. Regular maintenance helps catch small issues before they grow. Generally, you should receive maintenance at least once a year. In addition to regular maintenance, you should change your air filters (at least once every three months). When the filters are dirty, they can block your unit from emitting cold air. Not to mention, they may release pollutants in your home.
Another common cause of AC problems is refrigerant leaks. The refrigerant helps cool air before it’s distributed through your home. Small holes and cracks may cause it to leak, resulting in a warmer home. You might also notice strange noises, such as hissing, coming from the unit.
No matter what the issue is, it’s important to get it fixed. Scheduling an air conditioning repair helps ensure your unit remains in good shape. And, it brings benefits like improved air quality and energy-efficiency.