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5 Common Problems With Split Air Conditioners

Summertime offers the best time to enjoy chilling on the beach with friends, picnicking at the park or backyard camping with your family.

But it could also be a frustrating experience for many people, with temperatures rising as high as 35 degrees in many cities.

While split air conditioners help you stay cool all the summer, they have a fair share of problems you may have to contend with.

Like any other electronic appliance, split air conditioners are susceptible to breakdowns and problems if not serviced regularly. The following are the top 5 problems of split AC units and their potential solutions.

1. Inadequate Cooling

One of the most common problems with split air conditioners is the lack of cooling. Split air conditioners are efficient and take a short time to cool down to the desired temperature.

However, if your split air conditioner isn’t cooling as quickly as it used to be despite being turned on for hours, it most likely has a problem.

A dirty air filter, condensate drain, or ice formation on the evaporator coils could cause your AC’s inadequate cooling. Air filters are intended to keep dust and debris out of the air conditioner.

They can become blocked and affect the efficiency of your air conditioner if they are not cleaned regularly. We suggest you clean your AC at least once every six months to prevent air filters from getting blocked.

2. Gas Leak or low refrigerant level

Gas leakage or reduced refrigerant level could be why your split AC is not functioning optimally. Refrigerant is a fluid or gaseous compound that absorbs heat from the environment, making your home cool.

Lack of refrigerant or gas leakage in your split air conditioner will affect its performance. Solving this problem may require you to check your AC indoor unit and outdoor unit and also look for areas of possible leakage points.

3. Compressor failure

Fixing an AC compressor

The compressor is a vital part of an air conditioner. It is located in the outdoor unit and controls the gas flow between the evaporator and the condenser.

A compressor failure could cause your split AC to stop working or reduce efficiency. To repair a faulty compressor in your split AC, clean the condenser coil, inspect the capacitor, and clean the outdoor unit fan.

You may have to replace the compressor if it’s damaged beyond repair.

4. Unpleasant odour when turning on the air conditioner

Another common problem with split AC is when you turn on your air conditioner; it begins to emit an unpleasant smell. This problem is common with old split AC that is not serviced regularly.

When dirt accumulates in the AC drainage system, it prevents water from flowing, leaving water on the AC drain tray.

You can resolve the issue by cleaning the drainage system or hiring a professional split AC repair service.

5. Problem with the thermostat

A  is an internal control unit that allows you to set the appropriate temperature according to your needs.

A thermostat breakdown will prevent you from regulating the temperature and may cause damage to the split AC unit.

You can set the thermostat to the minimum temperature or call a split AC qualified technician to help you resolve the problem.

Bottom line

Regular maintenance of the split AC can help ensure its longevity. If you notice any of the problems highlighted above in your split AC do not hesitate to resolve them as soon as possible by hiring a split AC professional to enjoy that satisfying coolness.