The cold air that your air conditioning system produces can feel like a lifesaver on sizzling summer days. However, as ironic as it may seem, your AC system can overheat. Keep reading to find out what causes an overheating AC and how you can avoid this inconvenient problem.
Why an Air Conditioning System Overheats
The circuit breaker can trip when your AC system overheats. As a result, the system will stop running. Here are the common reasons an air conditioner overheats and shuts down:
- Dirty coils. The AC refrigerant takes out heat from your home’s air and then flows it to the outdoor unit to cool. If the outside coils are excessively dirty, the heat isn’t released. Consequently, your air conditioner is forced to work harder, leading to overheating.
- A full air filter. A clogged air filter prevents air from flowing into and out of your AC unit correctly. Eventually, it causes the unit to overheat.
- Damaged wires. Corroded terminal connections or wires, as well as loose connections, can cause high-amperage and low-voltage issues, which could lead to compressor overheating.
- Poor installation. If your condensing unit is installed near a heat source like a dryer vent, it can pick up the extra heat and work harder as a result.
How to Prevent Overheating
Overheating can cause severe problems like compressor failure. Here are some tips to help keep your system from overheating:
- Check your air filter regularly and change it if it’s dirty. It’s always an excellent idea to replace it once a month.
- Do outdoor AC maintenance frequently. This includes removing grass clippings, twigs, leaves, and other debris from the area around your outdoor unit and having a qualified technician clean the coils periodically.
- Schedule professional AC maintenance. Many AC problems can be prevented by having your system serviced every year.
- When installing a new system, only work with a reputable HVAC installation company. A technician with poor installation skills can make your system overheat every time you use it due to improper location.
Preventive maintenance is key to avoiding having an overheating AC. In the unfortunate case that your AC system overheats and stops running, be sure to have it checked by a professional as soon as possible. If you need high-quality AC installation, repair, or maintenance services from the heating and cooling leader in Monmouth and Ocean counties, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.