In the heat of the summer, if your air conditioning unit stops working, most people are scrambling to get it fixed, and fast. It can be pretty miserable to be stuck in a house with no central air. There are many things that can go wrong with your unit that will require an air certified air conditioning technician. There is also some troubleshooting you can try that may solve the problem easily. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning would like to walk you through some common problems that you may be facing when your air conditioner stops working.
Check Your Thermostat is Working
This might sound ridiculous, but the first thing you should always check is the thermostat. Make sure it is set on the cool setting. If it isn’t, that could be your problem. Sometimes a child will be messing with it and flip it off the cool setting. This is always a good place to start.
Check Your Air Conditioning Unit for Dirt and Debris
If your unit is dirty and hasn’t been maintained properly, this could be your problem. If it is set at cool and the air is still not cold coming from your vents, then you may have a dirty evaporator. Carefully clean it and then give it some time. If this doesn’t work, you may have an undersized unit. The condenser should also be checked for any dirt or debris. This could involve long grass and weeds that have grown out of control and need to be removed. The condensate drain should also be checked for any clogging as well. Your unit can’t work properly if this isn’t draining properly.
Check for Cold Air Coming from Vents
If you don’t feel any air coming from the vents, the fan might not be working. The first place to check is the circuit breaker. Make sure that the circuit breaker hasn’t been tripped. If that isn’t the problem, then the problem is probably with the fan. If your fan isn’t properly working it could have tripped the safety feature to protect the compressor in your unit from overheating.
Check AC Coils for Freezing
If your unit is constantly running without cooling the space down, you will want to check the coils to see if they are frozen. If you see ice on the coils, turn your unit off for a couple of hours but let the blower on the furnace run. This will give the coils a chance to thaw out and the ice to melt. When you turn the unit back on make sure you don’t have the temperature turned down too low. This might overwhelm your unit and be the cause of the frozen coils. If shortly after turning the unit back on, you find frost start to build up again, it may be a problem with the refrigerant.
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There are some simple things you can try such as cleaning your unit or checking the power source for any issues, but if the problem persists it is time to turn it over to a professional. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning can assist you in any problems with your air conditioning unit to keep it running flawlessly through these warm months. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.