When your air conditioner stops working out of nowhere, it could be a cause for an alarm or it can be something simple as just a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker. While most of the problems with your AC units will require you to call a professional technician to repair the problem, we find that sometimes even a homeowner can fix simple issues with a little troubleshooting.
We have put together a short troubleshooting guide to help you address some of the most common problems you may encounter with your AC unit.
It is also important to note that a lot of these problems with air conditioners may have been caused by inadequate maintenance. To help avoid any future problems, we recommend that you do an annual maintenance plan for your cooling and heating systems.
Your Air Conditioner Will Not Turn On
If your air conditioner is not turning, you should first check your condenser unit outside to determine if it’s running or not. Make sure that your thermostat is set properly and that the unit is plugged in.
This may sound simple, but lower your thermostat a couple of degrees and see if that fixes your issue- and make sure that your thermostat is set to cool. A lot of thermostats can be tricky and homeowners may be able to save some money and time by reading the manual thoroughly.
If you still haven’t found the solution to your problem, check if there is a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. If the AC unit still can’t turn on or your coil is frozen, you may have an issue with your compressor or motor and will need to contact a professional technician to repair your AC system.
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Your Air Condition Is Not Cooling Air
If your AC unit turns on, and your thermostat is set at the correct value, but your system is not cooling the air, you may have a blocker or dirty air condenser. Your first step should be to check out the outside condenser unit and clean around to remove any weeds or debris that may be blocking air circulation.
Next, you will to check the filter and make sure that it’s clean. If your filter is too dirty, it can restrict air to the evaporator coil and the coil will freeze. If you have pets and you run your AC often, you may need to change your filters more frequently. A good test to check if a filter is clean enough, check if you can see through it.
If you still haven’t fixed your poem, you may have a problem with your refrigerant or compressor and will need to contact a professional.
Your Air Conditioner Isn’t Cooling Enough
If your AC unit is on and set up properly, but is not cooling your home adequately, you may have a unit that is not sized big enough for your home. Keep in mind that your AC unit should be sized to keep your house cool on the average summer day. An average AC system should be able to maintain a 15-20 degree temperature difference to the outdoor temperature.