It’s the end of the summer… and it’s still hot here in Southern California. This is the time of the year when aging air conditioning systems are in the most danger of breaking down, since the ACs have already taken on a heavy workload during the summer, and now the heat is spiking higher. The stress is enough to sometimes overwhelm even newer air conditioners, so make sure to stay alert to any issues that might begin in your AC and call on repair specialists right away to fix them.
Broken motors leading to no cooling
The motors are parts of an air conditioning system that can fail during the final summer heat. Motors are responsible for running the fans and the compressor, and if they should fail it will often mean an air conditioner that won’t send out cooled air—or won’t send out any air, period.
There are a number of causes of motor failure, but here are the two main ones:
- Stress from dirt and grime: Over the summer, dirt and dust can get inside the air conditioner’s cabinet and start to coat the mechanical parts of the motors. This will lead to extra stress on the moving parts, which in turn can cause the motor to overheat and burn out. This problem is especially common if the air conditioning doesn’t receive routine maintenance every spring. If a motor burns out, a professional must replace it.
- Failed capacitors: This problem often appears in older air conditioners. The capacitors are the electrical components that responsible for transmitting voltage to the motors to start them running and keep them running. Capacitors are susceptible to heat, which will shorten their lifespans. In the extreme heat of later summer, capacitors can start to fail and lead to motors that won’t start or which shut off soon after starting up. If you hear clicking sounds coming from the AC as it begins its startup cycle, it may mean failing capacitors. Call for technicians to replace the dying capacitors.
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