Southern California is famous for many things, including the weather. With well over 300 days of sunshine on an average year and temperatures that range from the 60s to well into triple-digits, it should come as no surprise that the average Los Angeles resident depends on their air conditioner more than most Americans. That means Californians are also no stranger to air conditioner issues and repairs. If your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be working right, you may be in need of a repair for one of these fairly common issues.
Broken Compressor Fan
Your air conditioner has both an inside and an outside unit. The outside unit is home to several important components, including the condenser coils, compressor, and the compressor fan. When the compressor fan isn’t working properly, including not running at all or not running fast enough, the heat-transfer that’s necessary for your air conditioner to work is inhibited.
A broken compressor fan can have all sorts of major consequences. For one, your system will most likely be feeding warm air back into your home. However, the compressor in your air conditioner could overheat, triggering the safety shut-down on your system, and even damage the compressor, requiring a major repair. If your fan isn’t working properly, shut your system down and call for service as soon as possible to avoid a potentially disastrous issue.
Frozen Condenser Coils
It’s over 100 degrees outside in the middle of summer, so the last thing you should have to worry about is something in your outdoor unit literally freezing over, right? That’s what most people think, and are often shocked when they learn that the condenser coils, located in their outdoor unit, can freeze over during even the hottest summer days. Poor air flow through your system, usually caused by a dirty air filter, means ice can form on the condenser coils. This ice prevents the coil from doings its job, causing your entire system to stop working properly. If your air conditioner freezes, you should contact a technician to figure out and resolve the cause of the freeze.
Air conditioners contain a liquid refrigerant that removes heat from the air and then discharges it outside, allowing the air in your home to remain cool. Systems need to have a particular amount of refrigerant to work properly: too much or too little and components won’t function right. Leaks in the refrigerant system can cause this level to drop too low, preventing your system from cooling your home. A technician can help you discover the source of any leaks and repair them before recharging your system.If your air conditioner isn’t working properly, contact a Los Angeles air conditioning service expert from JW Heating and Air, Inc. today! Dial (888) 376-1970 to schedule a system inspection and let a trained professional diagnose the issue for you and get your home running smoothly again!