If you’ve ever spent a hot summer in the Treasure Valley plagued with air conditioner problems, it’s probably an experience you don’t want to repeat. Don’t leave the comfort of your home to chance! Learn more about the most common problems your AC unit may encounter this summer.

Top Boise AC Issues

Low Refrigerant

Your air conditioner uses refrigerant to remove the heat and humidity from your home. If your unit develops a leak in the refrigerant lines, you can end up with low refrigerant, making it impossible to cool the air effectively. Unfortunately, fixing this common AC problem correctly isn’t as easy as adding more refrigerant. A Boise AC repair technician will need to find the leaks and repair the lines, which can be a time-consuming and expensive process, especially if there is more than one leak.

Frozen Evaporator Coils

An air conditioner’s evaporator coil is filled with refrigerant and is responsible for absorbing heat from the air. While it may sound counter-intuitive, evaporator coils need warm air to keep them working properly. If something goes wrong with your unit’s airflow, a layer of ice can build up on the outside of the evaporator coils. When this happens, you’ll only get warm air when you run your air conditioner or none at all.

Dirty Condenser Coils

An air conditioner’s condenser coils get rid of heat removed from the air by expelling it outside. If the condenser coils get covered in dirt and grime, they won’t work properly. This is a very common problem in Boise, Idaho, when there’s heavy pollution in the air. When this happens, heat transfer is hampered, and your AC unit has to work harder to cool your home. This can lead to increased wear and tear, necessary repairs, and a decreased lifespan.

Fan Problems

Your AC unit uses a fan that blows indoor air over its evaporator coils to cool the air. It also uses another that blows air over the outdoor condenser coils to expel the absorbed heat outside your home. If either of these fans stops working – due to a wide variety of reasons – you’ll end up with poor airflow and air conditioner problems. If you neglect to have your air conditioner repaired, it can lead to compressor failure, which can mean the death of your air conditioner.

Leaking Ducts

Ductwork carries cooled air from your air conditioner to different rooms throughout your home. If there are holes or breaks in your ductwork, the cooled air that you pay money for can become lost. Even worse, leaking ducts will cause your AC unit to work overtime, which drives up expensive energy bills.

Thermostat Problems

Thermostats can be incorrectly calibrated, which can cause your AC unit to perform incorrectly. This is a fairly easy problem to fix by replacing or recalibrating your thermostat. If you have a new programmable thermostat, you may have to check the manual for instructions or contact the Boise AC professionals at Access Heating & Air Conditioning to make sure the settings are correct.

Clogged Drains

All the moisture that is removed from the air by your air conditioner has to go somewhere. It’s supposed to be removed through a drain line and down a drain. If the drain line or drain gets clogged, water can back up and damage your air conditioning system. This can also result in water damage to your home and dangerous mold growth.

Access Heating & Air Conditioning

Enjoy peace of mind knowing that your AC unit will run efficiently as possible with Access Heating & Air Conditioning exclusive maintenance packages. Our Boise AC specialists will provide you with the highest quality service possible to stave off the hot summer sun. Click here to learn more or contact us by filling out our online form or giving our Meridian office a call at 208-231-8456.


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