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Top Summer Air Conditioner Problems

Living in extremely hot and dry conditions for much of the year means having a reliable air conditioner is essential. Even with a high-quality unit installed by a professional, air conditioners are mechanical systems that can encounter various issues. 

This article discusses some common problems you might face with your air conditioner during the summer and how Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing can help keep your system running smoothly.

Uneven Cooling

Identifying the Problem

Walking through your home and encountering hot spots can be frustrating. This uneven cooling typically indicates a problem with your air conditioning system. If your unit is appropriately sized, installed, and serviced correctly, it should cool your home evenly.

In some cases, uneven cooling may also be caused by poor insulation or issues with your home’s layout that prevent proper airflow. For example, rooms with large windows or those that receive a lot of direct sunlight may be warmer than others. Additionally, blocked vents or furniture obstructing airflow can contribute to inconsistent temperatures. 

Addressing these factors can help improve overall comfort and efficiency. If you continue to experience uneven cooling, it’s important to have a professional inspect your system to diagnose and fix the underlying issue.

Potential Causes

  • Damaged Ductwork: Leaks or blockages in your ductwork can prevent cool air from reaching all areas of your home.
  • Mechanical Issues: Problems with the fan or other components can inhibit proper air distribution.


Professional air conditioning repairs from Goettl can identify and resolve these issues, ensuring your home stays comfortably cool throughout the summer.

In addition to professional AC repairs, routine maintenance can play a crucial role in preventing uneven cooling. Regularly scheduled maintenance checks allow technicians to clean and inspect your system, ensuring all components function optimally. 

This proactive approach can help detect minor issues before they escalate into major problems, saving you time and money in the long run. Furthermore, investing in modern technology, such as a smart thermostat, can enhance the efficiency of your system by providing better control over temperature settings and improving overall energy management. 

Short Cycling

What is Short Cycling?

Short cycling occurs when your air conditioner frequently turns on and off. It reduces efficiency and increases system wear and tear.

In addition to causing discomfort and inefficiency, short cycling can lead to higher energy bills and more frequent AC repairs. The constant starting and stopping put extra strain on the components, especially the compressor, one of an AC system’s most critical and expensive parts. Over time, this can significantly shorten the lifespan of your air conditioner. 

Addressing short cycling promptly by consulting with a professional technician from Goettl can help diagnose the root cause and prevent further damage to your system, ensuring it operates smoothly and efficiently.

Common Causes

  • Oversized Unit: If your air conditioner is too large for your home, it may cool the space too quickly, causing it to shut down prematurely.
  • Electrical Issues: Problems such as a faulty run capacitor or other electrical components can lead to short cycling.
  • Thermostat Malfunctions: A malfunctioning thermostat can also cause the system to turn on and off irregularly.

Addressing Short Cycling

If your AC has always had this issue, it might need to be replaced with a properly sized unit. For new short-cycling problems, Goettl technicians can diagnose and fix the underlying electrical or mechanical issues.

In some cases, short cycling can also be caused by a dirty air filter or blocked vents, which restrict airflow and cause the system to overheat. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning or replacing air filters and ensuring that vents are unobstructed, can help prevent short cycling. 

Additionally, checking the thermostat placement and settings can also resolve short cycling. A thermostat in direct sunlight or near heat sources can give false readings, causing the AC to cycle improperly. By addressing these potential issues with the help of Goettl’s experienced technicians, you can maintain optimal performance and extend the life of your air conditioning system.

Loud Operation

Normal vs. Abnormal Noises

While no air conditioner operates completely silently, excessive noise can indicate a problem. Unusual sounds such as rattling, screeching, or grinding should be addressed promptly.

Possible Issues

  • Motor Problems: Issues with the motor can cause various noises.
  • Fan Belt or Bearings: Worn or damaged fan belts or bearings can create loud sounds.
  • Compressor Issues: Problems with the compressor can also lead to noisy operation.

Getting Professional Help

If your AC system starts making alarming noises, contact Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Our experienced technicians can quickly diagnose and repair the issue, restoring peace to your home.

Insufficient Airflow

Recognizing Reduced Airflow

If you notice weak or insufficient airflow from your vents, your air conditioner may struggle to circulate air effectively.

Potential Causes

  • Clogged Air Filter: A dirty air filter can restrict airflow, making your AC work harder than necessary.
  • Ductwork Issues: Leaks or blockages in the ductwork can also reduce airflow.
  • Fan Problems: A malfunctioning fan can prevent air from moving through the system efficiently.

Improving Airflow

Regular maintenance, including cleaning or replacing air filters and inspecting ductwork, can help maintain airflow. Goettl technicians can provide thorough inspections and maintenance to keep your system running optimally.

Refrigerant Leaks

The Importance of Refrigerant

Refrigerant is crucial for cooling your home, as it absorbs and releases heat during the cooling process. Low refrigerant levels can severely impact your AC’s performance.

Signs of a Leak

  • Reduced Cooling: Low refrigerant could be the culprit if your home isn’t as cool as it should be.
  • Ice Formation: Ice on the evaporator coil or refrigerant lines can indicate a leak.
  • Hissing Sounds: A hissing noise near the refrigerant lines can signal a leak.

Addressing Refrigerant Issues

Refrigerant leaks require professional attention. Goettl technicians can locate and repair leaks, recharge the refrigerant, and ensure your system operates efficiently.

High Energy Bills

Monitoring Energy Usage

A sudden spike in your energy bills can indicate that your air conditioner isn’t running efficiently. Several factors can contribute to increased energy consumption.

Common Causes

  • Dirty Components: Accumulated dirt and debris can reduce system efficiency.
  • Worn Parts: Aging or worn components can make your AC work harder.
  • Poor Maintenance: Lack of regular maintenance can lead to decreased efficiency.

Reducing Energy Costs

Regular maintenance, timely AC repairs, and considering an upgrade to a more efficient system can help lower your energy bills. Goettl offers comprehensive maintenance plans and energy-efficient AC solutions to keep your costs down.

Water Leaks

Identifying Water Leaks

Water leaks around your air conditioner can cause significant damage to your home and indicate a problem with the system.

Potential Causes

  • Clogged Drain Line: A clogged condensate drain line can cause water to back up and leak.
  • Frozen Evaporator Coil: A frozen coil that melts can result in water leaks.
  • Improper Installation: Poor installation can lead to drainage issues.

Preventing Water Damage

Regular maintenance can help prevent water leaks by ensuring all components function correctly and drain lines are clear. Goettl technicians can promptly address any water leak issues.

Schedule AC Repair Today

Maintaining a reliable air conditioning system is essential for comfort during the hot summer. You can ensure your system operates efficiently and effectively by addressing common AC problems such as uneven cooling, short cycling, loud operation, insufficient airflow, refrigerant leaks, high energy bills, and water leaks.  Regular maintenance and professional repairs from Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing can help keep your AC in top condition, providing dependable cooling when needed. Whether you need routine maintenance, emergency repairs, or a system upgrade, Goettl is here to help you stay cool and comfortable all summer.


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