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How to Prevent Your AC From Overheating

So Your AC is Overheating

If your AC is overheating, it likely means it’s working too hard to keep your home comfortable. Air conditioners always generate heat — it’s how they cool down your home — but overheating is a different story. Even on a hot day, with a properly working AC, overheating shouldn’t be a problem.

Overheating is a sign that a problem is present, so here’s what to look for in your AC system and how you can prevent overheating in the future.

Check Your Filters

A clogged filter means a harder-working AC. When air can’t efficiently flow through the filter due to a buildup of dust and debris, it makes the system work harder to produce enough cool air. This constant running will often cause the unit to overheat. Plus, you’ll be paying more in energy costs than necessary.

Change your filter every 30 to 90 days. The frequency necessary depends on whether you have pets, how often the AC is on, the size of your home, and more.

Similarly, your condenser (the outdoor portion of your AC system) can get dirty and have trouble working correctly. So when you change your filters, also check the outside unit for any dirt that may have gathered on the coils or fan.

Mechanical Problems

Sometimes, overheating is caused by a simple broken wire. Another common reason for overheating is leaking refrigerant. Refrigerant is a chemical used to convert warm air to cool air before being sent throughout your house. Without refrigerant, your home won’t get cool, and your AC will think it needs to continue running to get the temperature down. This often leads to overheating.

Note: Refilling the refrigerant won’t solve the problem. Although it will work for a short period, a leak needs to be fixed by a qualified professional. Also, getting your annual tune-up will help reduce the chances of a leak or allow a technician to spot the problem before getting worse.

The New Standard of AC Service

At Sunrise Plumbing & Air, we’re setting the new standard for HVAC and plumbing service, and we’d love to help make your home work better. Contact us today at (214) 997-6707 to schedule an appointment with one of our highly qualified technicians.