As the weather heats up, people pay a lot more attention to how well their air conditioning is working! So, it's no surprise if you start noticing A/C problems that you hadn't picked up before. It's important to get these problems fixed for your home and your wallet, so let's take a look at some of the most common issues and how to deal with them effectively.
Air Conditioner Keeps Running
First, make sure the air conditioner isn't too small for the space it's trying to cool. This happens most often when small single-room air conditioners are set up in large spaces that they aren't designed for.
Next, make sure the fan is working properly, and that nothing is obstructing the air conditioner or re-heating the air before it can circulate (hot electronics are notorious for doing this). Try adjusting your thermostat and see if your air conditioner responds. If there doesn't seem to be much difference, then you may have thermostat wiring problems – a professional can find the source of the issue and fix the problem.
There's also the chance that your air conditioner is simply too old to effectively cool anymore, so you may want to think about replacing it. Remember, regular maintenance can help units last longer.
There's No Cold Air
Check the basics first. Are your vents open? Is the thermostat turned down to a reasonable level? Simple issues like these may be responsible, especially if you haven't used you’re A/C in a while.
Check your fan and make sure it is on too. If the fan isn't moving, the cool air can't get into your house. If the fan is blowing air, then there could be a problem with thermostat sensors or wiring that's preventing the air conditioner from working. You might also have low refrigerant levels that keep your unit from cooling air properly. These issues require a professional inspection.
The A/C is Fairly New But Isn't Cooling Properly Anymore
This is often related to the first problem we mentioned, where air conditioners just don't stop running. Check your air filter! AC units come with filters that are made to filter out pollutants and allergens in the air. Over time, these filters become clogged. You should change your filter every several months to prevent this problem and similar issues from cropping up.
It Looks like My Air Conditioner is Leaking
Some leakage around your outside condenser, especially on hot, humid days, is normal. However, inside units shouldn't leak. This often means that your condenser drain has become clogged. You can often locate the drain and clean it out yourself to fix the problem.
My Air Conditioner Won't Turn On
This is usually caused by a faulty thermostat, which may need to be replaced. Sometimes a fan gets jammed, or a fan motor experiences failure, which can give the impression that your A/C unit isn't turning on, so checking the fan assembly is important, too.
Need help diagnosing problems with your air conditioner? For more information on cooling your home or fixing you’re A/C fast, contact us at Action Heating and Air, Inc. today!