In general summers in Los Angeles are severe. This can take quite a toll on your air conditioner, which needs to respond day in and day out. Even at the end of August we’re looking at plenty of hot days ahead. That means that late-summer breakdowns become more likely, and that if you’re not watching carefully. You can find yourself without reliable air conditioning just when you need it the most. Keep an eye out for signs of trouble, and act quickly if you spot them. There are some common late-summer problems:
The problem which occurs most often when the filter needs changing is clog. It can happen quite often at the end of cooling season. They can also occur when build-up appears in the ducts or lines, or if your duct system has suffered damage resulting in a crimp or a breach.
Refrigerant levels are supposed to stay at a set amount in your system. When that balance is thrown off, the delicate cooling process is compromised. Ice forms on the evaporator coils, and the system needs to expend more energy to do its job: raising your bills and running the risk of more serious repairs.
Short cycling is a serious problem that can lead to a large-scale breakdown. It can occur as a result of low refrigerant, a problem with the thermostat, dusty coils or a number of other factors. It basically means that you air conditioner turns on and off again rapidly throughout the day: either cooling the house too quickly or shutting off before it can do so. If you detect it, be prepared to summon trained technicians to assist as quickly as possible.