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3 Common Air Conditioner Problems

Woman adjusting thermostat.

There’s a feeling of dismay, maybe even slight panic, that comes over you when your AC system isn’t cooling the way it used to.

Like all mechanical systems, your HVAC unit is prone to problems. When your central air system experiences a malfunction, it can usually be chalked up to one of these three issues.

Refrigerant Leaks

If your air conditioning system is no longer producing cold air, a refrigerant leak is the most likely culprit. Low refrigerant levels require the help of a qualified HVAC technician to detect the location of the leak and fix the leak before adding more refrigerant to your system. This will solve the problem quickly and will generally reduce the need for further repairs and recharges of your HVAC refrigerant in the future.

Fan or Compressor Failure

The most common reason for fan or compressor failure is lack of routine maintenance. Your maintenance routine should include replacing your air filter. But by no means should you wait for your annual tune-up. You should replace the filter every 30 to 90 days. Failing to do so could cause some or all of the following problems:

  • Increased stress on your fan blower motor

  • Added risk of overheating

  • Reduced airflow

  • Frozen evaporator coils


Changing your air filter at least once a month during the summer can help you to avoid these issues and to enjoy the greatest possible comfort inside your home.

Electrical Issues

Over time, the electrical controls of your air conditioning system can wear out or develop issues. Regular maintenance from a qualified HVAC company is the best way to spot minor problems before they become serious and expensive. If the electrical components of your HVAC system do burn out, you will need replacements to restore your air conditioner to working condition.


At West Coast Air Conditioning, we offer the most practical services for air conditioner repair or replacement in the Ventura County area. Our team has the knowledge and the proven skills needed to restore your air conditioning system to working order and to keep it running at peak performance throughout the summer months.

Give our team a call today at (805) 954-9195 to schedule a maintenance visit or to request emergency repairs, which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are always here to serve you.