Common Summertime HVAC Issues and How to Handle Them


Summertime is the most likely time of year you may experience a problem with your HVAC system. Due to the need for your system to run frequently, it puts strain on all parts. How you handle your system when you first experience an issue is very important. You can avoid further complications by following these three steps: 


  1. No matter what the problem is, the first thing you need to do is note any abnormal noises or smells. This will be helpful information for an HVAC technician to know when they are diagnosing the issue.
  2. Secondly, turn off your system by switching your thermostat into the “OFF” position. Turning off your system will shut off the power to your system and prevent it from continuing to run with malfunctioning parts.
  3. Lastly, schedule a licensed HVAC professional to come diagnose the issue with your system. You should always consider using a company that has certified technicians with plenty of experience in all HVAC applications.

Low Refrigerant


The majority of households frequently contend with low refrigerant charges. An essential material for transferring heat from your home's interior to its exterior is refrigerant. Nevertheless, pinhole leaks can occur in the coils that contain this refrigerant over time. It may be more difficult for your air conditioner to extract heat from the air inside your house if enough refrigerant leaks out.


Poor Airflow


Poor airflow can be the result of many different things. Firstly, your air ducts may circulate less air if a filter becomes blocked. Secondly, the capacity of your interior vents to distribute cool air may be hampered by improper spacing in front of them or if there are objects blocking them. Finally, overgrown bushes close to your outdoor unit and dirty condenser coils may cause your system to remove warm air less effectively.


Clogged Drain Line


To produce cool air for your home, your air conditioner removes excess humidity. As the warm air flows over the evaporator coil, heat is transferred out of it. When there is too much humidity, moisture droplets form and fall off the evaporator coil and into the drain pan. The accumulation of hard water and loose debris over time might clog the drain in your air conditioning system. 


When this occurs, the moisture extracted from the air is unable to pass through the drain. In actuality, it will back up within your air conditioner. Water leaks surrounding your air conditioner will result from this.


Fan Issues 


There are two major fans in your entire air conditioning system. The indoor unit has one of these fans, which has the responsibility of forcing warm air over the evaporator coils to product cool air. The outdoor unit's fan, is responsible for forcing air over the condenser coil to remove heat into the atmosphere. Your complete air conditioning system could malfunction due to a flaw in one of these fans. 


A fan problem could arise from a variety of various problems. The most evident is that the fan's motor has to be changed because it isn't functioning. It’s also possible that the fans might not be operating correctly due to a lack of oil, worn belts, or a broken power supply source on the fan.


For any HVAC issues, please contact Speir Heating & Air at 478-953-3041