Many people who live in areas with high temperatures opt to purchase some type of air conditioning unit. The unit will keep the indoor temperature comfortable enough for the occupants of the property during the hotter months of the year. There are different types of units, like the smaller ones that sit in windows or the large ones which are connected to HVAC systems and provide an even amount of air throughout the entire property. Whichever unit you decide to go for, they will all require service at some point. This is a guide to the most common repairs needed for A/C units.

1. Lack of Regular Maintenance

The lack of regular maintenance can really hurt an air conditioning unit. An air conditioner that has routine cleanings will run better and last longer than one that does not. The technician who provides the maintenance will clean all the filters, coils, and other areas of the A/C unit. During this time they will remove clogs, clean or change filters, and check for worn or damaged parts. If the air conditioning unit runs with clogs or dirty filters, the motor ends up working harder than normal which can damage the unit or even break the motor.

2. Refrigerant Leaks

Another common reason that you will need A/C repairs is if the refrigerant is leaking. There may also be an incorrect amount of the refrigerant inside the system which makes the air conditioner run poorly and fail to cool down your property. You can hire a technician to check the levels to deem whether they are correct or to check for leaks. The technician can repair the leak or re-balance the levels of refrigerant to bring the unit back to proper working order.

3. Wiring

Sometimes the issue with the A/C unit is linked back to faulty wiring. If the wiring is bad, the unit may fail to turn on or may not run the way it should. It is important to never touch the wires inside the system, especially if you notice they are frayed or damaged in a noticeable way. Turn the system off until a technician arrives at the property and determines the best course of action.


Owning an air conditioner can seem like a dream come true, especially when you come home from severe heat into a blissfully cold house. However, if you fail to keep up on the repairs, your nice and chilly home may quickly become hot and unbearable to live in. To learn more about A/C repair, contact Smedley & Associates, Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning