You could almost guarantee that any ac repairs you’ll need will happen on the first day of summer. As soon as temperatures sky rocket is when your air conditioning will decide to stop working. You will need a quick fix and while many air conditioner problems require a skilled technician, here are a few simple things you can check.
If your condenser isn’t running, check is the power. Make sure the unit is plugged in and that no fuses are blown or breakers tripped. Restore the power and see if it starts. Always start with the simple solutions first!
Another easy cause is a thermostat that isn’t set properly or even turned on. Lower the thermostat by a few degrees and listen to if your air conditioner turns on. If not, the problem could be a faulty motor or compressor – that requires professional ac repair help.
Not cooling enough
If the unit is running but doesn’t seem to be cooling your home, again start by lowering the thermostat five degrees. If that does not fix the problem, you may have a dirty evaporator. Carefully clean the evaporator and let it run for a few hours. If the problem still exists,you may need to call for help!
Keep in mind an really hot day may decrease your air conditioners effectiveness. If temperatures outside are over 100, you may not be able to get down to 62 degrees inside your home, more so if you have a lot of windows.. Always consult with a professional before making the decision to replace your unit, especially if temperatures have been unusually high.
Unit runs but doesn’t cool
If your A/C is running but you don’t feel any cool air, you should still check the thermostat though it’s probably not the problem. Next, take a look at the condenser. Is it dirty or blocked? If so, clean it and remove the blockage. The condenser can become blocked by tall weeds, grass or other airborne debris.
It could also be the result of a faulty compressor, or an inadequate amount of refrigerant in the system. Again, these are problems that a professional needs to address.
Unit shuts on and off repeatedly
This is another problem that can happen with a dirty or blocked condenser unit, as well as a dirty evaporator. Most of the time, giving the entire unit a good cleaning and removing any obstructions will eliminate the problem.
When to call a professional
Cleaning your air conditioner is something you can do on your own, provided you have a basic understanding of the parts of the unit. But any time you need to address the coolant, you need the help of a professional HVAC contractor. If you’ve already done some basic troubleshooting and the problem still exists, you need to call a HVAC contractor.