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Common AC Problems In The Phoenix Valley & How To Fix Them


A working air conditioner is essential to surviving the desert heat, that’s why it’s important to be familiar with and stay ahead of common AC issues. From overheating components to refrigerant leaks, here are the top things you need to look out for to avoid hazardous breakdowns this summer. And don’t forget the power of regular maintenance with our Cabana Club and DIY tips, read on!

Posted by Spencer | July 4, 2024 | Reading Time:

Welcome to the sizzling summer heat, where a properly working air conditioner isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity.In today’s blog, our AC experts will explore some of the most common issues facing Phoenix Valley homeowners. From dreaded system breakdowns in the height of summer, to component and efficiency issues secretly costing you money, we’ve got you covered.

We’re the Phoenix Valley’s #1 choice when it comes to air conditioner repair, with fully stocked service trucks and 24/7 emergency service, stay calm and cool this summer and beyond with Rainforest Plumbing & Air.

Understanding how your AC works will assist you in how to maintain it to prevent future repairs and breakdowns.

Understanding Your Air Conditioner

Understanding how your air conditioner works can be a game changer for handling issues and repairs. Your AC consists of three main components: the compressor, condenser and evaporator coils. The compressor moves the refrigerant, which absorbs the heat from your home, and moves it to the condenser, usually installed in an outdoor unit. Here the absorbed heat is released outside which in turn cools the refrigerant before cycling it through the evaporator coils and throughout your home.

When all are functioning properly, these components work seamlessly together to keep your home cool and comfortable. Another important part of your air conditioner is the duct work it’s attached to. If your ducts are clogged, damaged or not properly insulated, the cool air will be lost before it can travel throughout your home, greatly reducing efficiency.

So to keep the stress off your AC, it’s always important to schedule regular duct cleaning and inspections with the team at Rainforest Plumbing & Air as part of your AC maintenance.

Common AC issues are overheating, dust and debris build-up, refrigerant leaks, high energy bills, and compressor failures.

Common Air Conditioner Issues Phoenix Homeowners Face


With our intense desert temperatures, your AC unit can easily overheat, especially when it’s running 24/7. Overheating can lead to system and component malfunctions and breakdowns. Regular maintenance is key to preventing this from happening over and over again.

Dust & Debris Build-Up

The city and the surrounding desert brings with it high-levels of dirt and dust, but we probably didn’t need to tell you that. This build-up clogs your AC’s filters and outdoor condenser coils, greatly reducing efficiency and longevity. Regular cleanings can greatly reduce the risk of debris build-up.

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant is the most essential part of your AC system, and if it’s leaking it can cause your AC to underperform or stop working entirely. If you’re noticing ice on your evaporator coils, puddles on or around your unit or weird hissing sounds, you might want to consider giving our cooling technicians a call.

High Energy Bills

If you’re noticing an increase in your utility bills and you haven’t changed your home cooling habits, you might have an AC that’s working too hard and struggling to cool your home. Dirty filters and other malfunctioning components are common causes.

Compressor Failure

The compressor is the heart of your AC unit, and its failure is often caused by overheating, electrical issues or refrigerant leaks. Compressor replacement can be an expensive undertaking, so regular inspections and tune-ups are crucial to longevity and cost savings.

Our AC technicians at Rainforest Plumbing and Air go through rigorous, ongoing training and come to you in fully stocked service trucks, which is why you should contact us for all your AC repairs.

When It Comes To Repairs, Trust The Professionals At Rainforest Plumbing & Air

When you’re in need of repair, make Rainforest Plumbing & Air your first call. Each of our repairs starts with an evaluation where your own personal technician will carefully examine all components of your air conditioner for signs of damage, to quickly give you the best repair options.

All repair recommendations are thoroughly explained and consider your home’s efficiency, power needs, ductwork and the areas surrounding your AC. And with our Up-Front Guarantee you can rest assured that the price you’re quoted is the price you pay, and you are fully briefed on the scope of work before any repair work begins.

Depending on the severity of the issue, your AC repair can take anywhere between 2-4 hours to complete, but no matter the time frame our team is dedicated to maintaining a clean and orderly workspace with minimal disruption to your home and day to day life.

Our AC technicians go through rigorous, ongoing training and come to you in fully stocked service trucks to get the job done right and as efficiently as possible. Once completed, we’ll then top up your refrigerant and clean your filters so your AC is set-up for success!

24/7 Emergency Repair

In the strong Phoenix heat, any AC issue is a serious issue. That’s why we pride ourselves on providing 24/7 emergency service. No matter the make or model, residential or commercial we have you covered with quality, timely repair service to keep you healthy and comfortable.

Join The Cabana Club

Once your repairs are completed, consider joining Rainforest’s Cabana Club for additional protection! When you join our Cabana Club membership program you’ll enjoy exclusive benefits to enhance both your home’s efficiency and your peace of mind. You’ll get priority service, and annual inspections and tune-ups to ensure your AC is running as efficiently as possible for years to come.

Ensure your AC is performing its best with annual ongoing maintenance.

Stay Ahead Of Repairs With Some DIY Maintenance

DIY maintenance helps keep your AC in good working condition and can prevent repairs or even full system replacements. Here are some easy things you can tackle:

  • Changing and cleaning filters
  • Cleaning condenser coils
  • Checking and clearing your AC’s drain line
  • Inspecting and sealing ductwork
  • Visual damage inspections and component checks

Being familiar with, and staying ahead of, common AC issues not only ensures a cooler, more comfortable home this season, but also enhances efficiency and the lifespan of your unit.

If you’ve noticed signs of damage or you’re just not sure if your AC is running properly, give our friendly team of cooling technicians a call. With over 25 years of experience, we have the knowledge and experience to keep you cool during our scorching desert summers.

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