During the summer season, our trusted air conditioners are used more frequently than ever. However, if your AC is not well-maintained or it has some underlying issues, it is at the risk of overheating. When your AC overheats, it can stop working and trip the circuit breaker. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to know the reasons why your AC might be overheating so you can troubleshoot the problem as soon as possible.

1. Your Air Filter is Clogged

Your air filter is one of the most important components of your air conditioning system. A clogged air filter can lead to bad indoor air quality, an increase in your energy bill and of course, your AC overheating. If your air filter has not been changed over time (it should be changed once a season) all the dirt, dust or dander build-up can block any airflow throughout your system and your home. This will force your system to run for longer and wear it out easily. If you notice your AC overheating, make sure your air filter is clear.

2. Low Refrigerant

Your AC is a closed-loop system, meaning refrigerant shouldn’t escape from it. However, if you notice a refrigerant leak (reach behind your outdoor condenser and feel the refrigerant lines—if they are cold that means they’re working properly), you might want to contact an HVAC technician. Low refrigerant levels can cause warm air to blow through your vents, take a longer time to cool as well as cause overheating.

3. Dirty Condenser Coils

The condenser coil is located in your outdoor condenser unit. It is in charge of condensing the vaporized refrigerant back to liquid and transfers heat away from the unit. However, if your condenser coil is covered in dirt or dust, it won’t be able to do its job efficiently. If it is unable to transfer heat quickly, your air conditioner will overheat and malfunction. To fix this issue, you can either use coil cleaner or you can call an HVAC technician to perform professional maintenance.

4. Lack of Professional Maintenance

If you haven’t kept an eye on your air conditioner or haven’t called an HVAC technician to perform professional maintenance, it is highly likely that your system will deal with various issues. Take some time to research some reputable HVAC technicians in your area so you can choose a company that works best for you and your needs.

Still haven’t figured out reasons why your AC might be overheating? Get in touch with the pros at Roman Electric. Our team of experts will be more than happy to assist you, answer your questions and address your HVAC concerns. We provide a myriad of HVAC services such as repair, installation and maintenance. Call us today at 414-369-3798 or schedule a service with us on our website. One of our highly skilled team members will be ready to respond and help you out in no time!