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To keep your home at a comfortable level, there are certain measures you need to keep up on. To achieve your goal, watch out for these common air conditioning issues so you can spend more time having fun and less time worrying if your house is going to be an escape from the heat.

Here are 3 of the most common air conditioning issues that will weaken the cooling power of your AC unit:

1. A Dirty Air Filter

During the summer your air conditioner is running more frequently which means more opportunities for dust and dirt to clog up your filter. Be sure to check your filter at least once a month during the summer to make its force isn’t being diminished by a build up of dirt.

Changing your air filter is an easy fix to rising temperatures in your house.

2. Broken Air Handler

The increased use of your air conditioning unit in the summer allows for a higher chance for things to go wrong. If your AC unit appears to be running, but your house isn’t cooling down you may have a problem with your air handler.

The air handler is responsible for circulating air throughout your home. Your AC might be creating cold air, but if the air handler is broken, then the cold air is escaping from your air conditioner before doing its job.

3. Low Refrigerant

The refrigerant is the chemical that cools the air in your AC unit. The low refrigerant in your system is a sign that there could be a leak. Only adding more refrigerant will not fix the problem.

The leak needs to be found by a professional and repaired, or you’ll consistently have an AC unit that doesn’t cool your house. Just a reminder that refrigerant contains highly toxic chemicals so if you notice a leak or if you suspect that you might have a leak be sure to call a certified technician to fix the problem.

If your air conditioner isn’t running how you want this summer, be sure to address these three potential problems ASAP.

If you are still unsure about why your air conditioner isn’t working, call a technician for an assessment. There is no reason to spend your summer suffering in the heat, get your AC unit checked for these common summer AC issues.