Why Do the Lights Dim When the AC Comes on?
We’ve heard about this issue surprisingly often. The air conditioner cycles on, and as it does, the lights in all or part of the home dim. It’s a strange problem, and it may seem like something you’re just stuck with. But if you call the right people, you may be able to resolve the issue relatively easily.
Call an Air Conditioning Technician, Not an Electrician
Many people assume that they should call an electrician when the AC system causes trouble with the lighting. However, chances are high that the problem is in the air conditioning unit—not in the wiring of your home.
The Start Capacitor
Air conditioners use up a whole lot of energy. That’s why they have capacitors to store energy and give the system an electric boost as needed. There are run capacitors to keep it going, as well as start capacitors. Eventually, however, the capacity diminishes as the start capacitor gets weak. They begin to use up a lot of energy with each startup, which means higher bills for you.
The Problem with a Faulty Capacitor
The high energy draw is what’s responsible for your dimming lights. This problem may seem bearable to you right now. But eventually, the problem can worsen. It can damage your wiring, and the circuit breaker that protects your wiring could even pop out.
A Simple Repair
Thankfully, there’s a simple fix for this particular issue. Replacing the start capacitors is a relatively inexpensive repair that won’t take too long for a qualified technician to do.
There are some other potential causes for your air conditioning issues. It’s possible that your air conditioner is overcharged with refrigerant. And while it is possible the problem is mainly electrical, it’s best to have a technician rule out the air conditioner’s responsibility before having major electrical work done.
Don’t hesitate, call Air Services Unlimited today for exceptional customer service in Beaumont, TX. We appreciate this opportunity to earn your business!