Summer is here, and that means your air conditioner is probably working a lot more than it does during other times of the year. That increased stress of operating on an almost daily basis tends to bring out problems that otherwise would lie dormant. One of the most common symptoms that your air conditioner is experiencing one of these problems is the loss of output. If your air conditioner isn’t blowing as much cool air as it should, read on to find out why.

Refrigerant Issues

Refrigerant is the liquid that the air conditioner uses to absorb heat from inside your home and release it outside. The air conditioner uses the same supply of refrigerant throughout its lifespan, so if that refrigerant level starts to drop, your system will run into problems. A leak in the refrigerant line is a serious problem, which starts with hampering AC output and typically ends with a system breakdown. Check for liquid dripping or pooling around your system to see if a refrigerant leak might be the cause of decreased output.

Air Handler Trouble

The air handler is the part responsible for circulating air throughout your house during operation. This is one of the system parts that is under the most stress while your air conditioner is on. To help mitigate some of that wear and tear, the part is equipped with bearings that are lubricated to decrease friction. If those bearings start to wear out, though, the air handler motor will eventually overheat and burn out. If your air conditioner is making a grinding noise, or isn’t circulating air at all, then you probably have an air handler problem.

If your air conditioner is acting strange, call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We repair air conditioning units throughout Gaithersburg, MD.