5 A/C Problems You Should Know About
A/C repairs can be costly if they are not dealt with properly. It’s important to schedule annual maintenance, tune-ups and stay on top of repairs. Today we will be talking about 5 common A/C problems and how to manage them going forward.
1. A/C Is Not Turning On
The first thing that you should do when this problem occurs is to check your thermostat batteries. It could be something as simple as replacing the batteries. If the batteries are working, you should also check where your settings are on your thermostat to determine your desired cooling mode along with the correct temperature. If all of these settings are correct, then your circuit breaker could be tripped. You can simply reset this by flipping the switch off then on.
2. A/C Is Making Noises
It is common for A/C systems to make different sounds to notify you of a problem. If you hear anything strange, it is always a good idea to notify an HVAC professional. Different sounds can mean different problems. If you hear a hissing sound, it likely means that you have a refrigerant leak. If you heat thumping, rattling or banging noises you may have a blower or motor assembly issue. If you hear a buzzing sound it likely has to do with electrical components. These types of sounds usually need the assistance of an HVAC professional. Call your local heating and cooling company today before these issues transform into a larger problem.
3. A/C Is Leaking Water Outside
If your outdoor unit is leaking water on a hot or humid day while your unit is running, don’t stress it too much. This is a normal occurrence and usually means that there are no issues with your A/C. It’s good practice to keep an eye on your system. If you do notice it happening more often than not, it may mean that you have a dirty air filter, blocked drain pipe, low coolant levels or a broken condensate pan.
4. A/C Refrigerant leak
A good way to tell whether or not you have a coolant leak is if you notice a change in temperature or that your unit is not performing accurately. Refrigerant leaks are serious and should be handled immediately. This problem can result in low system efficiency, coil freezing, uneven cooling, damaged compressor and high power consumption. It is recommended to get in the practice of regularly checking for refrigerant leaks to avoid bigger issues down the road.
5. A/C Is Not Blowing Cold Air
If your air conditioner is not blowing cold air, you should check your air filter. A dirty air filter will block the airflow of your system causing it to blow warm air. Changing your air filter on a monthly basis will help your AC run efficiently and blow cold air when needed.
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