Depending on where you live, your AC might be an absolutely vital part of your life. Therefore, you really don't want to be caught in a situation where your AC either isn't working at all or isn't working at full capacity. To help you keep you air conditioner in working condition, here are two common problems and what they mean:
AC Is Running Weaker Than Usual
If you have had your AC for a long time, then you might just need to clean the unit out. Over time, particulates can build up within the AC, much as you might find in a normal household fan. These particulates can decrease the efficiency of your air conditioner, which will reduce the amount of cold air that you actually get. For instance, you might set your thermostat to 70 degrees, but your AC might only produce enough cold air to cool the house down to 80 degrees in a reasonable amount of time. This also has the unfortunate side effect of costing you quite a bit extra in your electrical utilities. Even though your AC isn't delivering all of the cold air to your house, it is still using the same amount of energy as it would if it were in pristine condition. Therefore, you are paying more for less.
On the other hand, you might need to replace the coolant in your air conditioner. Unless you have extensive experience with repairing HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems, then you will need a professional to replenish the coolant for you.
AC Leaks Water
When inspecting your AC unit, you might notice that it has a pool of water underneath. This doesn't mean that your AC is broken, but it might mean that there is a broken tube inside the machine. Your air conditioner generates a large amount of condensation internally, such as you might find when you pick up a glass of ice water in the summer. Normally, this condensation is directed into a tube which then deposits it in a nearby drain or directly into your home's plumbing. If it's working correctly, then you won't see a sizable pool of water beneath your AC.
If you do see a pool, then there is probably a leak somewhere in that condensation tube. Repairing it can be quite difficult for the average homeowner, so you might want to consult a professional to see if your situation is severe enough to warrant repairs.
For more information, contact a professional like A Avis Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.