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The Australian summer can get very hot indeed and the winters can also get pretty chilly. That is why most homes and businesses rely on an HVAC system to keep the indoor climate feeling pleasant. However, if you don't understand how to get the most out of the HVAC system, you could be missing out. This blog is designed to provide you with some top tips which will ensure you understand how your HVAC system works and how to configure and maintain it. While none of us is a professional contractor, we are all keen amateurs who love to research and write about this subject.

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Top Air Conditioning Problems and Fixes

Air conditioners are arguably the most essential equipment during summer. They purify the air and decrease humidity levels to ensure that you're comfortable. Thanks to new technology, air conditioners have become more efficient and consume less electricity. Like most equipment, air conditioners will occasionally fail.

Below are 3 of the most common problems:

Improper operation

Some of the issues are minor and don't need air conditioning repairs. For example, you can check if you're using the air conditioner as stipulated in the manual. Air conditioners have a set capacity, and your air conditioner could malfunction if you exceed the set capacity. You can upgrade the air conditioner to match the needs of your home. Also, check whether you set the air conditioner at the right temperature.

Is your air conditioner turning on? If it's not, you can start by checking whether everything is plugged in. Also, check if the thermostat is set as stipulated by the manufacturer. Lower the thermostat and see if that has remedied the problem. Setting up the thermostat is always tricky, which why you have a manual. Reading it will help you save time and money that you'd typically spend on air conditioning repairs. Check if the fuse or circuit is functioning. If you've connected everything and it won't turn on, it's time to contact the professionals.

Refrigerant leaks

Have you noticed the loss of cooling power? Are the condensation coils frozen? Is there a hissing or gurgling sound coming from the indoor unit? The AC refrigerant is vital to the cooling process, as it absorbs heat from your house and releases it outside. This means that the refrigerant should be at optimal levels, and if it starts leaking, you will experience a reduction in cooling power.

Start by checking the level of the refrigerant in comparison to the recommended levels. If there is more refrigerant than recommended, the air conditioner will not work at optimal levels. If you add more and there is no improvement, your system might have a leak. The best remedy for a refrigerant leak is to contact a professional to fix the leaks.  

Dirty air filter

A dirty air filter will reduce efficiency and restrict airflow. This will reduce its ability to cool the air. You can remedy this problem by cleaning the filter, and if you've used it for more than 12 months, you likely need to replace it.

Contact an air conditioning contractor to learn more.