The 3 Most Common AC Problems in California & How to Solve Them

Time to break out the sunscreen and beach towels; summer is finally here! In anticipation of the numerous barbeques and block parties, you may have forgotten to keep up with your AC unit’s maintenance. Or perhaps your system is simply experiencing some technical difficulties. Either way, Hyde’s has you covered! Check out these three HVAC problems Californians tend to encounter during the summer months, and what you can do about them.

 

#1 Frozen Unit

If it’s 90 degrees outside, you may be reasonably surprised to discover that your air conditioner’s inner workings are completely covered in ice! Crazy as it sounds, the refrigerant in your system may have gotten too cold. When your refrigerant’s temperature dips below freezing, condensation begins to form and freeze on the evaporator coils. While it may go unnoticed at first, it won’t take long for your system to turn into an oversized ice cube.

So why did this happen in the first place? The most likely reason is that you set your thermostat a tad too low. It is recommended that you do not set your thermostat below 70 degrees because it not only saves you money on your next energy bill, but it also reduces the risk of your unit freezing up.

 

#2 Broken Blower Motor

The blower is a fan located inside of your AC unit that allows air to pass through a cooling coil. This process cools the scorching outside air, allowing you to achieve maximum comfort! However, when the blower motor stops working, your unit will suffer immensely; it will produce clanging and banging noises rather than a chilly breeze.

If your AC fan doesn’t start after the unit has been turned on, runs at inconsistent intervals or rotates its blades very slowly, your fan motor most likely needs attention. Consider calling a licensed professional to address these repairs right away, before your system breaks down completely.

 

#3 Corroded Electrical Components

Electrical wiring is essential in carrying voltage to the AC motor. Therefore it is essential that each connection is attached tightly, or corrosion will begin to accumulate within your unit. In time, this corrosion will cause the wires to disconnect completely and your AC will cease to work.

Corrosion can also occur on refrigerant lines, which you can detect by looking for blue or black discoloration along the lines. Keep on the lookout for rust and corroded parts, as your system will require immediate attention if either are present. Otherwise, the damage will continue to build up and you may be forced to invest in a brand new system.

If you feel as though your system has fallen victim to one of these common summer HVAC issues, do not hesitate to give us a call at (760) 360-2202 to schedule a repair! Hyde’s AC is here for all your Indio, CA home comfort needs.