You depend on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable during the hot summer months. Even though you have continued to service the unit on a regular basis, you might still face some issues that are unexpected. The following problems should help you become better prepared for these events.
1. The Air Conditioner Won't Start
Nothing is more frustrating than to enter your home on a hot and humid day to discover the unit has stalled out and the home is hot. A good place to check is the thermostat to discover whether it is set properly. If it has batteries, you should check those first. If it is on but not working, try checking the breaker box to see if you are getting power to the thermostat. It could also be time to replace the thermostat.
2. The Air Conditioner is Running When it Doesn't Need to Be
Money can be saved if you purchase a programmable thermostat that will turn off when the temperature is at a comfortable setting for your family. You can decide when the unit should be in operation.
3. The Air Conditioner Keeps Shutting On and Off
You might have a dirty evaporator or condenser. An annual preventive maintenance plan should be performed on the unit. The AC expert should check for any bent fins that might be hindering the air from flowing correctly through the unit.
4. The Air Conditioner Isn't Cooling The Home Efficiently
You can start by checking the air filters and see if they need changing. A clogged filter will cause the airflow to become hindered. You can inspect the outside unit to discover whether a branch or other debris has fallen into the main unit.
If the airflow is not blocked anywhere, it might need refrigerant to make the air colder. It could also be a frozen evaporator coil on the outdoor unit. You need to turn the air conditioner off and call a technician to diagnose the problem.
5. The Air Conditioner is Too Noisy
Many reasons can cause the unit to become noisy. If you have a grinding noise, it could be a failing bearing that needs replacement. If it is squeaky, you might need to lubricate the bearings. A dirty fan blade might be making a noise if it becomes unbalanced.
These are only a few of the common problems you might face this summer with your cooling unit. After you have approached these issues and still don't have a cool home, it might be time to call an air conditioning repair technician.