A hot summer day is one of the worst times an air conditioning unit can fail, with many individuals seeking a resolution as they overheat. Thankfully, some problems don’t necessarily require extensive work on your end. Here's a look at some of the more common air conditioning unit problems and how to fix them.
Air Conditioner Troubleshooting
As far as air conditioner maintenance, there are a few things you'll have to look for. Such things you'll have to look for are:
● Quite possibly the easiest fix is checking the thermostat settings. If your air conditioning unit won't turn on or if there is hot (or warm) air coming out of your vents, your thermostat could be the culprit. To solve this issue, make sure your thermostat is set to COOL, not HEAT. You’d be surprised how many individuals make this simple mistake and call in professional help to resolve the problem.
● If that doesn't solve your problem, start checking the vents themselves. Make sure none of your vents are blocked, because a rug or a chair can easily block any chance of cold air circulating throughout your home. Also, if you find increased duct leakage, problems with your blower motor, damage to your compressor, water coming from your air conditioner, ice on your refrigerant lines, frozen air conditioner coils, or difficulty keeping your home cool, closed vents could be the issue.
● A dirty filter can be a source of serious problems, but it's an incredibly easy fix. If your filter looks clogged or dirty, get it replaced as soon as possible. A dirty filter essentially suffocates the air conditioning unit, which makes it more difficult to pump cold or warm air into the home. By ignoring such a problem, it can lead to a complete system failure. If you're seeing higher-than-expected energy bills, inadequate cooling, water leaking from the air conditioning unit, frozen evaporator coils, ice on your refrigerant lines, or low airflow coming from vents, see if the filter is the culprit.
● Checking your circuit breaker could be another solution to your problem. Go to your home's electrical panel and check for any circuit breakers that could be flipped to the OFF position. If the air conditioning unit was tripped, try turning it on again. If it immediately shuts off once you try to run your air conditioning unit, call in a professional because there could be a larger electrical issue going on.
Considering the information above, there are plenty of ways you can diagnose an air conditioning unit problem yourself. Thankfully, Steve's Plumbing & Heating is here to help you with the more complicated problems. Contact us today to solve your air conditioning unit issues!