3 Ways to Prevent Your Air Conditioning Unit from Overheating

residential central air conditioning unit

After a long day at work, the last thing you want to come home to on a hot, humid summer day is to be met by hot air in your home after your air conditioning unit hasn’t been pushing cool air into your home. What happened to cause this? Your air conditioner overheated, tripping the circuit breaker. To keep your unit from overheating, follow these tips.


1. Replace the filters

The job of the filters in your air conditioning unit is to remove dirt and pollen from the air and protect the unit from contaminants. When the air filter becomes dirty and clogged, causing the unit to work harder to cool down your home. Over time, working this hard and long will cause it to overheat and trip the circuit breaker.

Your air conditioning unit should come with manufacturer’s guidelines on how often to change the filter but plan on changing it every one to three months to keep your unit running efficiently.

2. Schedule regular maintenance

Your air conditioning unit is made up of an inside unit and an outside unit, both with separate jobs but both work together to efficiently cool your home. If one of the sections isn’t working properly, it will cause issues with the amount of cool air you receive in your home, make your unit work harder, and be less efficient. When your air conditioning system receives regular maintenance from a professional, you’ll be able to address any concerns before they become a major issue. The HVAC technician will also be able to clean the coils and filters to keep the system running efficiently.

3. Check the refrigerant levels

Over time, your unit can be prone to refrigerant levels and when there is no refrigerant or low levels, your air conditioning will run constantly. If you notice your air conditioning is running consistently and not cooling your home down like it should, it’s best to call an HVAC technician in to check your refrigerant levels and repair any leaks so that the unit doesn’t overheat.

Stay on top of air conditioning issues by schedule your air conditioning maintenance appointment today! Give MRW Mechanical a call at (781) 639-9222.

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