Summer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can be brutal. The soaring heat and sweltering humidity can be hard to bear during the hottest part of the year, and it can take a toll on your air conditioning system as well. If your AC doesn’t seem to be working quite like it should, here are a few common issues you should keep in mind.

Low AC Refrigerant Level

Refrigerant is the key compound that allows your entire cooling system to work. It absorbs heat from the environment, rapidly cooling the air and helping your home to stay nice and comfortable. A low refrigerant level compromises your system’s ability to cool the air, making it less efficient and causing the system to work much harder. The most common culprit is a refrigerant leak. If you suspect a leak, it’s important to have your system serviced by a certified technician. Of course, you can also help to prevent a leak in the first place by scheduling routine preventative maintenance.

Clogged Condensate Line

Have you noticed water inside or around your air conditioning unit? If you have, there may be a blockage in your condensate line. In addition to cooling the air, AC systems also dehumidify it by removing some of the moisture. That moisture is then channeled through a condensate line and drained safely outside. Unfortunately, this line can become clogged over time by algae and other gunk. When that happens, it may prevent water from draining and cause it to back up into the unit itself. If you suspect your drain line has become clogged, you should have your system serviced promptly to prevent water damage or problems with your air conditioner.

Dirty Air Filter

The air filter inside your AC system is essential to maintaining indoor air quality, but dust and other particulates can quickly build up during periods of heavy use. A dirty air filter causes your system to work harder to achieve the same level of cooling, putting undue stress on your equipment and potentially costing you money. Though it’s typically recommended that you replace your filter about once every three months, you may need a new filter more often during the summer.

An air conditioner is essential when it comes to beating the North Texas heat, but you could be caught in a sticky situation if you don’t keep it well-maintained. To learn more about common summer air conditioner issues and how to deal with them, take a look at Metro Air Conditioning Heating & Services’ air conditioner repair services or call 214-390-3740 to speak with our helpful staff.