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3 Common AC Problems

May 3, 2021

There are two types of homeowners that we encounter. The first is the kind that’s going to call us first no matter how severe the problem is with their air conditioner. We always value these kinds of customers because it shows that you trust us, and it reminds us to always put our best foot forward and give you accurate information that will save you money.

The second type of homeowner we encounter is the kind that’s only going to call our team for air conditioning repair in Albuquerque, NM when they have to. After days, weeks, or months of a strange noise or poor performance, they’ll finally (and begrudgingly) call us for help. Well, for all of you out there that would rather ignore the problem—this blog post is for you!

Take a look at some common AC problems we regularly fix, and let’s discuss why they can be a huge problem when left alone.


We’re not really here to talk about obscure problems. Chances are pretty likely that a super obscure problem would be a lot harder to notice as a homeowner, which is why we recommend regular maintenance and extreme vigilance with an air conditioner. The more attention you pay to your system, and the speed by which you call us can make a huge difference in those cases.

Below, we’ve listed the most common problems we run into, and why homeowners need to be aware of the issues that come with neglect.

A Clogged Air Filter

Your AC’s air filter needs to be changed out every 1-3 months. This is to free up airflow and allow your AC to intake clean air from your home that can be cooled and returned. When the air filter gets clogged, you can see many problems arise that are expensive to fix down the line.

  • Your system could lose efficiency.
  • It could start short cycling.
  • You’ll feel warmer temperatures in your home.

Having a clogged air filter makes it harder for your AC to keep your home cool. Make sure you replace the filter and call us when you run into any problems.

A Refrigerant Leak

An air conditioner is installed with all of the refrigerant it will ever need to perform the cooling process. When you start noticing poor performance by the system, short cycling, or higher energy bills, it could be from a lack of refrigerant. A refrigerant leak needs to be patched and the correct amount of refrigerant needs to be charged in the system.

Also, if you’re noticing that every time you get your AC worked on, the person has to top off your refrigerant, it could be from the fact that it’s leaking.

Efficiency Problems or No Maintenance

Maintenance is vital. It’s estimated that every year of skipped maintenance will cost 5% of your AC’s efficiency, which will take a massive toll on your budget month after month. A lot of problems we see in air conditioners can be completely avoided by routine maintenance every year. Make sure that if your AC is losing efficiency, is running poorly, or if it’s doing something strange, you either schedule a maintenance appointment with us or call us for repairs. We’ll figure out what’s going on.

Call First Rate Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc today. Quality work, exuberant service.

Categories: Air Conditioning