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Most Common HVAC Problems During the Summer

Updated: 6 days ago

The scorching heat of summer is arriving, and your HVAC system will soon become an essential lifeline for maintaining your, your family’s, and your business’s comfort. However, the summer season can put a significant strain on your HVAC system, leading to potential problems and breakdowns. Let’s explore the most common HVAC problems that occur during the summer months. By understanding these issues before they start, home and business owners can take proactive measures to prevent them and ensure your HVAC system keeps you cool and comfy throughout the season.

Most common summertime issues for your HVAC

Refrigerant leaks. These are quite a common problem during the summer, often resulting from worn-out or damaged components within the HVAC system itself. Low refrigerant levels can cause your air conditioner to blow warm air or struggle to reach the desired temperature, leaving you hot and frustrated, much like the HVAC system itself! If you notice a decline in cooling performance, it is very important to have a professional HVAC technician inspect your system ASAP, identify the leak, and replenish the refrigerant.

Clogged air filters. The summer months bring increased pollen, dust, and other airborne particles that can quickly accumulate in your HVAC system's air filters. Clogged air filters can restrict airflow, reducing the system's efficiency and cooling capacity, which can cause it to work overtime and cool inefficiently. Regularly changing or cleaning your air filters is crucial to maintain optimal airflow, improving indoor air quality, and preventing unnecessary strain on your HVAC system.

Keeping your air filters clean will help your system run more efficient
a dirty, clogged air filter

Overworked or faulty compressor. The compressor is the heart of your air conditioning system. It’s responsible for circulating refrigerant and facilitating the cooling process from start to finish. Inadequate maintenance, excessive heat, or electrical issues can cause the compressor to overheat or fail altogether over time. Signs of a faulty compressor include unusual noises, reduced cooling output, or a complete system failure. Professional HVAC technicians can diagnose compressor problems and recommend repair or replacement options to restore your cooling system's functionality.

Continued maintenance can help prevent issues like these
broken compressor due to overwork

Electrical issues. Electrical problems can disrupt the operation of your HVAC system, especially during the summer months when the system is under increased demand. Over time, electrical connections can loosen, wires can fray, or capacitors can malfunction. These issues can lead to system malfunctions, frequent tripping of circuit breakers, or even complete system shutdowns. Regular maintenance and professional inspections can help identify and address electrical component problems before they escalate.

Electrical components cause many problems
Problems with electrical components

Inadequate maintenance. Neglecting regular maintenance is one of the leading causes of HVAC problems during the summer. Dust and debris accumulation, lack of lubrication, worn-out parts, and general wear and tear can significantly impact your system's performance, especially if it goes unchecked and unmanaged! Scheduling routine maintenance, including cleaning, inspection, and tune-ups, ensures that your HVAC system operates efficiently and reduces the risk of unexpected breakdowns during the hottest months of the year.

The bottom line

Don't let HVAC problems leave you sweltering in the summer heat. By understanding the most common issues that can arise, you can take proactive steps to prevent them. Regularly changing air filters, scheduling professional maintenance, promptly addressing refrigerant leaks, and addressing electrical component problems are essential for ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of your HVAC system. Prioritize the care and maintenance of your HVAC system to enjoy cool and comfortable indoor environments throughout the summer season.

Call us

Have questions about air conditioning? Experiencing any issues with your air conditioner? Please do not hesitate to call us here at Tri-Point Refrigeration. We are committed to providing our clients with the utmost quality of service while giving your AC the TLC it deserves.

We’re excited to help you along the way, and with regular servicing, we can keep your equipment running smoothly and healthily, while also extending the reach of your dollar.

For a direct line to any of our employees ready on the line to help you, please call…(512) 651-4565 for our Austin, Texas community (806) 686-0050 for our Lubbock, Texas community. Or check out our website at


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