Why Does My AC System Keep Overheating in Marco Island, FL?

A powerful and reliable air conditioner is essential to helping you stay comfortable in the heat in Marco Island, FL. Sadly, instead of keeping you and your home from overheating, your AC system may itself sometimes grow too hot. Here are some reasons AC system is overheating and what to do about it:

Refrigerant Leaks

Ironically, the very substance that gives your AC system the power to produce cool air may sometimes have something to do with it overheating. If refrigerant ever leaks out of your AC system’s refrigerant lines, the overall rate at which the system will be able to extract heat from warm air will decrease.

To cool your home to the same extent that it did when it had enough refrigerant, your AC system will need to work harder. This higher pace will stress your AC system’s components, which may cause it to overheat and shut down.

The only solution to this problem is to plug the leak in your refrigerant lines and replace the refrigerant that your system has lost. Since refrigerant is dangerous, only a trained HVAC service technician should do this. The service technician may do this during a regular maintenance checkup or at any other time.

Dirty Air Filters

Dirty air filters are the most significant hindrance to air’s ability to flow smoothly through your AC system and into your home. Once airflow diminishes sufficiently, your air conditioner will have to work harder to push the same amount of cool air into your home. If it works hard enough for long enough, your AC system will overheat.

To avoid this, never forget to clean or replace your air filters. You should do so about once every 30-90 days.

Grimy Condenser Coils

Refrigerant condenses and releases its heat once it passes over your system’s condenser coils. If those coils are filthy, debris will obstruct the movement of heat out of your AC system and it’ll overheat.

If your AC system overheats, stay calm and cool. Call Key to Cool for the best AC repair services around Marco Island, FL.

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