With a scorching desert climate that routinely sees summertime highs in the triple digits, the Sun City West area can certainly take its toll on air conditioners. Regular AC maintenance is a fact of life with any air conditioning system, so it’s helpful to understand a few of the most common issues. Here are three of the most common air conditioning repairs that we see on a regular basis.

Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant leaks are very common, but they’re also very serious. Refrigerant is potentially hazardous to your health and should only be handled by a professional. It’s often difficult to detect a leak on your own and it takes specific tools to measure and handle it properly. Here are a few signs that may indicate a refrigerant issue:

  • Poor cooling performance
  • Hissing or gurgling noises while your AC is running
  • Sharply increasing utility bills

If you’ve noticed any of these issues, you should contact a professional promptly for HVAC maintenance.

Faulty Compressor

There are few things worse than an AC compressor suddenly stopping in the middle of a hot day. If you’re lucky, you may be able to simply reset switch on your compressor’s access panel to bring it back to life. More often, however, the compressor itself is damaged and needs to be repaired or replaced. Early warning signs of a compressor problem include your AC system blowing hot air, strange noises during operation and shaking or sputtering during startup.

Blown Fuses and Tripped Breakers

Fuses and circuit breakers are protective features that safeguard your AC system – and your home – against a variety of electrical issues. If your air conditioning system is blowing fuses or tripping breakers, it’s usually a sign that there’s something more serious going on. Because damaged electrical equipment can pose a fire risk, it’s important to contact a professional promptly to diagnose and repair the underlying issues.

If you’re among the more than 90 percent of Arizona households that use air conditioning to keep cool, it’s important to recognize when your system may be in need of repairs. To learn more about how professional maintenance and repairs can save you money and protect your AC system, check out Canyon State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing’s air conditioning repairs service or call 623-201-5118.