Air conditioners are useful appliances that can help to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, while saving you money. That is until they stop working. Often the problem causing the air conditioning system to stop working could be something as simple as a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse, but other times it could be a reason for alarm.
Depending on what has caused your system to stop working, you may need to hire a professional air conditioning technician from a company like ADK to get it running again. However, there are a variety of simple problems you could fix with some troubleshooting and knowing what to look out for.
Therefore, in order to save you some unnecessary money and time, we have put together a brief guide to help you deal with the most common problems you may come across with an air conditioner.
Before we go on, it is important to note that many of these common problems are often caused by poor maintenance. With this in mind then, it is a good idea to establish an annual maintenance plan for your system to prevent problems from happening in the first place.
The Air Conditioner Won’t Switch On
If you try turning your air conditioning system on and it isn’t working, it is a good idea to check the outside unit to see if the condenser is working. You should ensure that the unit is properly plugged in and that the thermostat is set correctly.
Although it sounds relatively simple turn the thermostat down roughly 5 to 10 degrees and see if this solves the problem. Most experts will tell you, including those who work for ADK, that the thermostats included in air conditioners tend to be tricky and it may save you a lot of money, time and stress if you thoroughly read the manual to ensure you understand how to operate it properly.
If there is still no change and it is still not working, you to then check if the circuit has tripped or a fuse has blown. It may be that the air conditioner will still not turn on or the coil is frozen, it could be that the issue lies with the compressor or motor and if it does you will need to hire a professional to carry out the necessary repairs.
The Air Conditioning System Is Not Cooling The Air
What if the air conditioner is turned on and the thermostat is set-up correctly, but the air is not being cooled as it should? This could be the result of a blocked or dirty air condenser. Your first port of call in trying to solve this problem is to check the outside unit and remove or clean any weeds and debris that could be blocking the air condenser.
You then need to check the filter and make sure that is also clean. Often, when you have a dirty filter, it stops the air flowing to the evaporator coil which can then cause it to freeze. If you run your air conditioner frequently or have pets at home, it is likely you will need to change out the filter more often. An easy way to test if you need to change the filter or not is to pull it out and check if you can see through it.
If your system is still not cooling the air after running the above checks, you may have to contact a professional to deal with the problems related to the compressor or condenser.
The System Is Not Cooling Your Home Enough
It could be that your air conditioner is switched on, set properly and working fine but is not cooling your home to your preferred standards. IN this situation it may be the case that you have a system that is not the right size for your home.
When choosing an air conditioner it is important to ensure that it will be able to keep your home cool throughout an average summer day. Ideally it should be able to maintain a temperature difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures of around 20 to 25 degrees.
When all else fails and you have exhausted the options above and still can’t solve the problems affecting your air conditioner, it is wise to contact a professional technician, like those who work for ADK.