Industry research and experienced HVAC contractors agree that a lack of regular air conditioning maintenance is the number one reason for most New Orleans AC repairs. Here’s a rundown of the most common air conditioning repairs and what causes them. All of these issues can be prevented with regular HVAC tuneups:

1. Refrigerant Leak

If you find refrigerant pooling around your air conditioner, you’ve probably sprung a leak. Refrigerant leaks can cause insufficient or uneven cooling and fluctuating indoor temperatures. Air conditioning maintenance includes checking the refrigerant level. A service technician can fix the leak and complete the job with a Freon charge.

2. Clogged Condensate Drain Line

AC tune-ups include cleaning out the condensate drain line and the condensate drain pan. Without regular cleaning, the line can get clogged with dust, algae, and dirt. The drain pan can get slimy and smelly with bacterial growth that blows into your living space and pollutes your indoor air. Clogs can create pools of water around your air conditioner that damages your property. Clogs can also cause water to back up into your air conditioner and freeze the cooling coils.

3. Scary Air Conditioner Noises

Frightful AC noises require urgent AC repair. Squealing and screeching usually mean a bad belt or a bad motor bearing. A motor or blower assembly problem can cause clanging, banging, thumping and rattling. Something may be stuck in the blower blades if you hear a smacking noise whenever the blower motor turns on. You might have a relay issue if you hear clicking when the unit turns on or off. Rattling when the fan turns the compressor on suggests a bad motor or a loose part.

At Caribbean Breeze Heating & Cooling, we fix all air conditioning brands. We can complete most AC repairs during one service call. Visit us online to learn more about our air conditioning maintenance services, or call us at (504) 517-7595.

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