The sun is blazing, the air conditioners are humming, and for many of us living in the heart of LA – from the buzz of Studio City to the calm of Pasadena – we’re truly feeling the sizzle of mid-August. However, as the temperatures rise, so do the chances of encountering seasonal issues with our HVAC systems. That’s right, even the high-end units aren’t exempt from the midsummer dance of HVAC challenges.
But don’t sweat it! At Global HVAC, we’ve been keeping Los Angeles cool and comfortable for years. Whether you’re in Encino or North Hollywood, we’re here to highlight common mid-August HVAC problems, and offer solutions to keep your residential or commercial units running smoothly.
1. Overworked AC Units
Mid-August is like the marathon for HVAC units, particularly in the sun-soaked neighborhoods of Burbank and Woodland Hills. Continuous operation can strain your system.
Solution: Schedule regular maintenance. Ensure that your system isn’t just running, but running efficiently. Replace old filters, and consider installing a smart thermostat to help regulate your home’s temperature.
2. Frozen Evaporator Coils
Ironically, in the heat of August, your AC unit can literally freeze up. Reduced airflow, dirt, and low refrigerant levels can cause the evaporator coils to freeze, affecting the unit’s efficiency.
Solution: Regularly inspect your evaporator coils. If they’re frozen, turn off the unit to let them thaw, and call the pros at Global HVAC for a detailed check-up.
3. Refrigerant Leaks
Los Angeles’s scorching August weather can reveal refrigerant leaks. A unit low on refrigerant will not cool efficiently, leading to discomfort and increased energy bills.
Solution: If you suspect a leak, call us. We’ll handle the refrigerant with care, following environmental guidelines, and ensure that your unit is sealed and charged.
4. Uneven Cooling
Dance studios in North Hollywood might enjoy it hot, but that doesn’t mean one room should feel like a winter in Van Nuys while another simulates the Sahara!
Solution: Check for blocked vents, and consider zoning solutions. You might need a system upgrade if your unit can’t handle the size of your property.
5. Faulty Thermostats
Sometimes, it’s not the big machine but the small device on the wall that causes issues. An inaccurate thermostat reading can disrupt comfort.
Solution: Consider a thermostat replacement or upgrade. Today’s digital and smart thermostats provide precise readings and remote control.
6. Unexpected Shutdowns
Sherman Oaks might be known for its unexpected celebrity sightings, but unexpected HVAC shutdowns? Not so glamorous.
Solution: This could be due to a tripped breaker or a malfunctioning part. Before panicking, check your electrical panel. If the problem persists, ring up Global HVAC!
Mid-August in Los Angeles is a vibrant, hot, and occasionally, a toasty affair. And while we might enjoy the shimmer of a sunlit pool in Encino or the patio dinners in Pasadena, our HVAC systems can sometimes buckle under the heat.
But with Global HVAC by your side, servicing from Burbank to Studio City and beyond, you’re never alone in the LA heat. Whether it’s a small hiccup or a total system overhaul, remember that every HVAC unit, like a star in Hollywood, occasionally needs a little tune-up to shine its brightest!
Stay cool, Los Angeles!