Common Air Conditioner Problems: Stop Them Before They Start

Common Air Conditioner Problems: Stop Them Before They Start

Your air conditioning system is one of the most important items in your central New Jersey home. With summer days routinely topping the 90-degree mark, you want your air conditioning to work flawlessly when needed. Fortunately, many common air conditioner problems can be avoided by simple maintenance and preventative measures.


Filters help keep your air free of pollutants by catching the particles before they’re dispersed into your home. Dirty filters can restrict the flow of cool air and cause the air conditioning to use more energy than is required as well as potentially causing damage to the unit. Filters should be checked (and replaced if necessary) on a monthly basis during the warmer months.


A low level of refrigerant also causes the unit to strain to work, causing the unit to use more energy and will put more wear and tear on it. Lines should be checked for leaks and a professional should top off the refrigerant, if needed.


Leaky ducts waste a tremendous amount of energy and left unchecked, can cause all sorts of additional problems, including allowing pollutants and humidity to enter the room. Having your ducts inspected periodically for leaks, damage or loss of insulation will help ensure that your entire system is running more efficiently.

Condensate Drain

The condensate drain is what allows the moisture to exit the system. A clogged drain can cause all sort of trouble with your air conditioning, including lessening the effectiveness, therefore increasing energy usage, one of the most common air conditioner problems.

Other Issues

Other things to check and/or do are to keep the moving parts lubricated, to confirm all electrical components are working and that all thermostats are functioning properly. These will help you avoid common air conditioner problems.

To keep your air conditioning running efficiently, or for any other expert advice on heating, plumbing and all things related to home comfort, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. We’re a family owned and operated business who has been servicing Monmouth County, NJ and the surrounding communities for three generations.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about common air conditioner problems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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