Three Common Air Conditioning Problems (And How to Solve Them)
Most of the time, you can depend on your air conditioner to keep your home cool and comfortable, and it's rare that you need to think twice about it. However, just like any other major appliance, your air conditioner can develop problems that can make your home inefficient, uncomfortable, and—if the temperatures are high enough—unsafe.
Problems with your AC need to be solved as soon as possible, and at Air Temp Residential Heating & Cooling, our Hartford County HVAC contractors can provide you with high quality air conditioning repairs to help you keep your home as comfortable as possible throughout the summer months. To help you determine when it's best to call a professional for help, here are a few of the most common air conditioning problems homeowners encounter:
The Unit Won't Turn On
If your air conditioner doesn't turn on, the first thing you need to check is whether or not the thermostat is properly set. Often, homeowners simply overlook the fact that their thermostats aren't set to "cool". If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure that it's set to be on during this time. If the thermostat needs to be recalibrated, you may need to contact a professional for assistance.
If making adjustments to your thermostat doesn't resolve the issue, chances are that your AC is not receiving power. Check to see if your circuit breaker has tripped. If the breaker trips repeatedly, don't continue to turn it back on, and call a professional for repairs as soon as possible. Always contact a professional for any electrical work to ensure that you don't injure yourself or damage your property.
The AC Blows Warm Air
The most likely reason that your air conditioner blows warm air is that its filters need to be changed. The air conditioner is probably producing cold air, but it's not able to distribute it properly. You should have your filters cleaned or changed at least once every three months when you're cooling your home regularly.
If you have cleaned or replaced your air filters, then your home's air conditioner's outdoor unit may be malfunctioning. Call us for an HVAC inspection if this is the case.
Your AC Coils Are Frozen
A number of things can cause your air conditioner coils to freeze. One of the most common reason is improper air flow, which can cause a multitude of problems with you AC. To ensure proper air flow, you'll need to clean or change your filters regularly and ensure that the AC's coils are free of dirt, debris, or other obstructions. You may be able to clear away some debris on your own, but you should also have a professional clean your ducts regularly.
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