We are right in the middle of summer, the hottest time of the year. We are also suffering a heatwave that has temperatures in the triple digits. It is during these times when we can’t stop thinking about our air conditioning unit. We worry it might not hold out and we will be forced to call Total Care Heating and Air for air conditioning repair in Riverside.

Even if you recently had your air conditioner serviced and it is in good working order, you still have concerns. Here are a few answers to some of the most common questions homeowners ask about air conditioners.

Why Your Air Conditioner Freezes Up

Most air conditioner freeze ups are caused by a lack of refrigerant or a lack of airflow to the evaporator coils. As soon as you realize that your air conditioner has frozen up, you need to turn it off or the compressor could be damaged.

The first thing you want to do is check the refrigerant level, if it is low, give us a call. You will also want to check your thermostat. If you have the temperature set for below 70 degrees, it could be causing the freeze up.

A clogged and dirty air filter could be the cause of your freeze up. Change the air filter and see if that resolves the problem.

Check the vents in your home and make sure that they are all open. If not, open them up and see if it solves the problem.

Check to see if the evaporator coils in your unit are blocked by dirt and debris as it could be the source of your problem. Clean them off and see if that resolves the issue.

When Should Your Air Conditioner Be Replaced

Having a new air conditioner installed is an investment that will give you the benefit of a cool and comfortable home for years to come. There are a few things to consider when thinking about replacing your air conditioner. The first consideration is age. The lifespan of an air conditioner is anywhere between 10 and 20 years. So if your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you should consider having it replaced.

As air conditioners age, they become less efficient. So if you have noticed a marked increase in your summer energy bills, then you may want to consider replacing your air conditioner.

If your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, you might want to consider having it replaced. Refrigerant is quite expensive and a leak might cause your compressor to go out. It might be more problematic than what it is worth to have it fixed.

If your air conditioning repair company quotes you a hefty price for repairs, it would make more sense to just have it replaced. If you are having to call your AC repair company every summer, then you will want to consider having the unit replaced.

Why You Have Leaking Condensation

Air conditioners work by extracting humidity from the air, so a little bit of condensation is going to occur. But a large condensation leak is a sign of a problem.

There are a number of causes including a dirty evaporator coil, dirty air filter, low refrigerant level, rusty condensation pan or a clogged condensate line. Have all of these checked out to see if that is the problem.

How to Tell if Your AC is Broken

If cool air has stopped flowing, there are a few things you should check.

Start by checking the thermostat to see if you have your AC on and to see what the temperature is set on. If the display is blank, you might need a set of fresh batteries. You will also want to check the fuse box to see if any were blown.

If your thermostat is properly functioning, check to see if electricity is getting to the blower.

How to Change Your Air Filter

It is important that you change your filter on a regular basis to keep your AC running efficiently. All you need to do is buy the right size filters and follow the instructions in your owner’s manual.

For any other questions concerning your air conditioner, give Total Care Heating and Air a call.