Air ConditioningAugust 10, 2016by ADKTroubleshooting Tips For 3 Common Problems Associated With Air Conditioners

When your precious air conditioning unit stops working properly, it could be a real cause for alarm or it may just mean that you have something as simple as a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse to deal with.

Although there are many issues with your air conditioner that you will need to hire an experienced HVAC technician, like those who work for  However, we have found and put together a list of uses you may be able to sort on your own with a little troubleshooting.

The guide below will help you address four of the most common problems with air conditioners.  Many issues related to air conditioners are often caused by the units not being properly maintained.  This is why it is wise to have an annual maintenance plan for your air conditioning system.

Air Conditioner Wont Turn On

 When your air conditioner does not turn on, you need to first check whether the condenser in the outside unit is running or not.  Ensure that the unit is connected and plugged in properly and that the thermostat is fully operational.

The next part may sound too simple to be effective, but try lowering the thermostat by 5 to 10 degrees and see if the problem is fixed.  You then should check if there is a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse that could be the cause for it not working.  If after all this your air conditioner still does not turn on or the coil is completely frozen, you may have problems with the compressor or motor and will need to hire a professional to repair it.

The Air Conditioner Is Not Cooling The Air As It Should

 If the air conditioner turns on and the thermostat is set and functioning properly, but your system is not cooling the air it could be that you have a blocked or dirty air condenser.  The first thing you need to is check the outside unit and clean any weeds or debris away from the air condenser that could be restricting air flow.

The next step you need to take is to check the filter and clean it.  Dirty filters are a common problem with air conditioners.  When dust and dirt build up around the filter, it eventually restricts the air flow to the evaporator coil which can cause the coil to freeze.  You may have to actually replace your filter more often than normal if you have your air conditioner on frequently or keep pets.  A good way to check your filter quickly is to pull it out and see if you can through it or not.

If after you’ve checked all of these solutions and the AC is still not cooling air as it should be, there may be a more complicated problem that you need the help of a professional to deal with and repair it.

Air Conditioner Is Not Cooling Your House Enough

If you have an air conditioner that is switched on, set properly and working fine, but it is not actually cooling your house enough to the standards you would like, it could be that your air conditioner is too small for the size of your home.

Bear in mind that your air conditioner should be the right size to keep all of your home cool during an average day in summer.  On average, it should be able to keep a 20 to 25 degree difference between the indoor and outdoor temperature.  To put this another way, your air conditioner is not designed to keep your house at 68 degrees if it is 95 degrees on the outside.

If it is a normal day in the summer and your air conditioner fails to keep it up, there could be a frozen evaporator coil or a problem with the charge.  If you start to see icing on the unit outside, turn your air conditioner off and arrange for a professional AC technician to come out and take a look at it. Call and we’ll be glad to arrange.

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