When summer heat builds outside, you look forward to dashing into your cool home. However- if your cooling unit is not working properly, your home can quickly feel like an oven. There are a few simple problems that may be causing your unit not to function well. Here are a few things you can check out before you call a professional:
Common Air Conditioning Problems:
Dirty filters, icy coils and even blown fuses can all be simple culprits that are wreaking havoc on your cooling system. Maintenance twice
yearly can help to prevent these problems. However, if your system clicks on but doesn’t cool, makes weird noises or seems to run on-and-on without shutting off, you need to find out what’s wrong.
Other problems could include rooms being too cold, or the unit leaking. It could be a ‘worst-case scenario’ where your system isn’t running at all (a nightmare in the summer months when the temperatures soar). Let’s face it – most cooling problems will occur when the heat is miserable.
Fixing Air Conditioning Problems
Start your problem search at the source. If the unit is not coming on at all, check to see if it is getting power. There could be a problem in the electrical box. It could be that a fuse has blown or a breaker has been tripped. These are easy to fix.
Surprisingly, a dirty filter can really hamper the efficiency of your air conditioner. Before you change that filter be sure to turn off all power to the unit. A clean filter could solve your air issues.
If a clean filter is not the problem, consider the condensate drain. Small and mostly unnoticed, if this drain pipe gets clogged up, it can cause your air system not to work. A little detective work will allow you to see if your pipe is blocked or if the water is backed-up. Simply remove the blockage and your system may work again.
Dirty condenser coils or coils that are frozen over with ice can cause a unit to malfunction, too. If the coils are dirty use an air hose to blow them out. If they are frozen, turn your unit off and allow the ice to melt.
If your unit passes all of the above tests, it’s time to call a professional HVAC service like Vision Air Heating and Cooling. Professionals can diagnose bigger problems and fix them. Vision Air Heating and Cooling uses a prompt, courteous team to get your home feeling cool and comfortable again.