Your air conditioner is running fine today, but tomorrow it starts to act up. What could possibly be wrong? There are dozens of possibilities of why your cooling system I no longer working. Pinpointing a problem can be difficult for homeowners, which is why in many cases, it is best to contact an HVAC professional to do the job. Troubleshooting an air conditioner can sometimes be easy. There are even some repairs that you can do on your own. However, it’s necessary to know when to do it yourself and when to call an HVAC professional.
Your Air Conditioner Refuses to Turn On
If your air conditioner is in the “on” mode, yet doesn’t want to turn on, then it could be one of two problems: thermostat or circuit breaker. When you notice that there is absolutely no air blowing out of the air vents while the air conditioner is switched to on, then you should first go take a look at the circuit breaker. It is possible that it may have tripped. A lot of air conditioners consume a lot of electricity, especially the older models. This can sometimes lead to circuit breakers tripping. Just open the circuit breaker box and see if the AC switch has tripped. If so, just click it back on and then check to see if your air conditioner will turn on.
The thermostat is another area that you can check when your AC fails to turn on. You will need to take a look at the thermostat to be sure that all of the settings are correct (it is switched on and has a cool setting). Push the thermostat down five degrees and see if that will work.
In the event that your air conditioner still doesn’t work after trying the circuit breaker and thermostat, you will need to hire an HVAC technician to come by and troubleshoot the system for you.
The AC Doesn’t Blow Cold Air
When your air conditioner decides to blow out warm air, it could be due to the evaporator coil or thermostat. The first thing you should do is check the thermostat to ensure that it has the correct setting. You can attempt to lower the temperature by five degrees to see what happens. If the air doesn’t become cool within an hour, then it could be due to another problem.
The evaporator coil can become faulty, causing your air conditioner to blow non-cold air. When it becomes dirty, this can happen, which is why it’s necessary to clean it off regularly. You can try cleaning off the coil on your own, or you can hire a technician to do it for you. The screws and foil insulation tape will have to be removed in order to do this. A stiff brush is needed to clean off the coil. A mirror would also be helpful for seeing hard-to-see areas.
You can prevent air conditioning breakdowns by regularly maintaining your system. For help with an HVAC installation or replacement, give CA Green Remodeling a call today!