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What AC Problems to Expect in Our Area

We’ve boiled Glendale air conditioning services down to a science here. We know pretty well what types of problems affect our customers more than others around the country. California is a large state with many different biomes encapsulated within its borders, but here in Glendale, there are some specific practices that can help an air conditioner succeed.

Our heavy AC use during the spring, summer, and fall, is going to lead to more repair needs than someone living in a different area of the country might see. We’d like to talk about some of those AC repair needs that are unique to our area.

Don’t forget, if you’re ever concerned about the climate’s effect on your air conditioner or what you should be doing as a homeowner, call our team of professionals for help.

Prolonged AC Use

Our climate is hot and dry, which means we’re using our air conditioners a lot more than other areas. We need powerful air conditioning systems that can run long, productive cooling cycles that will keep us feeling comfortable for the majority of our days. That means there are two particular repair needs we’d like to talk about that can be more noticeable for people in our climate. Let us explain.

Short-Cycling

An air conditioner needs to run for an entire cycle if it’s going to cool your home effectively and efficiently. The moment this changes and your AC begins to short-cycle, you’re going to see an increase in energy bills, more frequent repair needs, and lower cooling output. Short-cycling can be caused by different problems. Here is a list of the ways that short-cycling can be prompted in an air conditioner:

  • Improper sizing. When an air conditioner isn’t sized correctly, it’s going to have trouble fully cooling your home. It might start running and then need to abruptly stop (short-cycling) in order to keep your home from getting too cold or uncomfortable. This can be devastating to certain components in the system.
  • Refrigerant leak. As refrigerant leaks out of the air conditioner, the ability for your system to cool your home on one long cycle will begin to decrease. Your air conditioner will need to run short, frequent cycles to perform the same function it has always done.
  • Broken compressor. Compressors are in charge of pressurizing the refrigerant in your system and cycling it. When your compressor runs into issues, there can be a whole host of problems that arise within the system. One of those problems is short-cycling, which can be easy to notice.
  • Clogged air filter. Air filters siphon debris and dust from entering your AC’s sensitive interior. When it gets clogged, it will begin to stifle the system, causing it to run in short bursts.

Poor Efficiency

Since we run our air conditioners for long periods of time here in Glendale, it’s absolutely vital that they operate as efficiently as possible. It’s not a bad idea to call a professional about your energy bills being too high while you run your AC. This can be a signal that something is seriously wrong.

Instead of putting up with it for months on end and wasting money, call our team and have it addressed soon!

Call JMS Air Conditioning and Heating. We’ll keep your AC in good shape.

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