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Many problems can make your air conditioner waste energy and break down. In sunny Neptune Beach, Florida, you likely run your air conditioner even in fall. That added stress can inhibit operation. Here are three common reasons for AC breakdowns:

Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant transfers heat away from your home. The fan in your indoor air handler cools the air by pushing it over coils filled with cold refrigerant. After the refrigerant warms up and becomes a gas, your outdoor HVAC unit compresses it into a liquid again.

A leak will force your air conditioner to run longer and waste energy. You may also notice a bad smell near your indoor unit, wet spots or headaches. If you have an older HVAC system, replacing it and reducing your power bills will be more cost-effective than a repair.

Malfunctioning Thermostat

If your thermostat isn’t connected correctly, or if a pest gets to the wires, your HVAC system might stop working. Your heater and your air conditioner could also run at the same time. If you’re having trouble controlling your HVAC system, check your thermostat’s batteries and settings. If the problem doesn’t improve, you might need to have a professional HVAC service technician come checks the connections.

Clogged Air Filter

If you forget to replace your HVAC system’s air filter or have your ductwork cleaned regularly, your air conditioner won’t work as efficiently as it should. Pests, dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander and other contaminants will also impact your indoor air quality. For high efficiency and healthy indoor air quality, change your HVAC system’s air filter every 30 to 90 days. As a result, you’ll reduce the risk of AC breakdowns and poor IAQ.

Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 40 years of heating and air conditioning experience. We can help you keep your HVAC system in peak condition and prevent inconvenient AC breakdowns. For excellent and friendly service, call us anytime at 904-222-8411.

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