San Francisco HVAC: Common Air Conditioner Problems & What To Look For

Do you have a feeling that your air conditioner isn’t working as efficiently as it should? With summer upon us, San Francisco HVAC maintenance professionals know that there are some common problems that often pop up at the most inopportune time. Some issues you can detect yourself, others may require the expertise of a skilled air conditioning technician.

If you suspect a problem, before doing anything else make sure it isn’t something as simple as the thermostat not being properly adjusted, or a window/door open that’s allowing warm air to come in.

Here are a few troubleshooting tips:

Inspect the filters. Most homeowners know they should check the filters in their HVAC system regularly, however many fail to do so. A dirty filter will not only make your A/C system run less efficiently, it can actually do damage to your equipment.

Check the thermostat. Your thermostat may not be working properly, or it may not be properly calibrated. If you haven’t already done so, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat for increased comfort and energy efficiency.

Check for electrical problems. Over time, electrical controls on the compressor and fan experience wear and tear, just like with any other equipment. Also consider whether the air inside your home is more moist or humid than it should be; this can result in corroded electrical connections.

The problem with your air conditioning may also be caused by an overcharged or undercharged system, so have your San Francisco air conditioning contractor check the level of refrigerant and inspect for a possible leak.

At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we want homeowners to understand the importance of regular maintenance to keep your system running at top efficiency. Well-maintained equipment means longer life, improved comfort for your family, and energy savings!