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How to Prevent Your Air Conditioner from Overheating

If you’re not taking proper care of your air conditioner, expect your AC unit to stop pushing out cool air.

It’s crucial that you practice regular maintenance to ensure your air conditioner remains in top condition. An outdoor AC unit is going to be taking a lot of heat from the sun’s rays so make sure you keep it clean. Installing the air conditioner in a shaded area can make a world of difference.

When an air conditioner leaks refrigerant, the system can also overheat. The Master HVAC technicians at Winters Home Services can take care of any refrigerant leaks. While it may seem easy to add refrigerant, you’ll need experts to confirm the leak and then drain the refrigerant to make the correct repairs.

Some additional reasons why your air conditioner is overheating:

  • Clogged or filthy air filter – It’s too challenging for air to be pushed through the filter when it’s clogged or dirty. The motor will most likely overheat due to the added stress.
  • Blades on the fan are dirty – Dirt builds up on blades which can weigh them down, again, making the motor work harder.
  • Frozen or dirty coils – Long cooling cycles will occur when the coils are dirty or frozen. This leads to your AC unit not being able to lower the temperature in your home.
  • Old system – This is one of the most common reasons your air conditioner stops functioning. If it’s extremely hot out, your air conditioner will be undergoing a serious amount of stress.

Prevention Methods to Keep your AC from Overheating

Swapping out your air filter every month is the first step to preventing your air conditioner from overheating. Make sure to schedule a tune-up with Winters Home Services prior to every summer.

Our team will provide a thorough inspection of your AC system. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Give us a call today at (617) 977-3101.