Common Air Conditioner Problems and Fixes
San Antonio Air Conditioning Repair
During a San Antonio summer, it’s inevitable that you’ll be using your air conditioner or HVAC system, and the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to break when you need it the most. If your air conditioner is making an unusual noise or you’ve noticed that it’s not cooling your rooms anymore, there may be something that needs repairing. Air conditioning repair should always be left to an expert, as they know all of the components so they can diagnose the problem quickly and get it repaired for you. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, DIY repairs can sometimes lead to more damage and proof to be rather costly. find more on our website @ http://trophy-ac.com
If you think there is a problem with your air conditioner, don’t ignore it; get it repaired. The longer you leave a problem, the larger the problem can get. You can go from one broken component to having to replace the entire air conditioning system. With the correct maintenance, your air conditioner should last you for around 10 – 12 years. However, even with annual maintenance checks, it doesn’t mean your AC or HVAC system is free from future problems. Below some of the most common air conditioner issues, signs you need to look out for, and ways to fix the problem.
The air conditioner won’t turn on
If your air conditioner isn’t turning on, one of the most likely causes for the problem is an incorrect thermostat setting, or there is no power reaching your air conditioning unit. To fix this issue, you want to ensure that your thermostat is set to cool or AC. You then want to make sure that the temperature setting isn’t wrong – you can also change the battery, so you know that it is fresh.
If it’s not your thermostat that’s the problem, you need to check your circuit breaker, as it could be a tripped fuse. When the fuse has tripped, it can sometimes be a sign that there is another problem with your air conditioner, and that’s what caused the fuse to trip in the first place. If you switch the fuse back on, and your air conditioner makes it trip again, you need to call out a professional contractor with experience in AC repair.
The airflow is not as strong as it has been previously
If you have noticed a reduction in your air conditioners airflow, there are a few factors that could be causing it. A reduced airflow means your rooms aren’t cooling to a comfortable temperature, but your AC is still using the same amount of energy or potentially more.
The first factor to a reduced airflow could be the filters. Over time, the air filters in your AC unit can build up with dirt and debris. Depending on what type of air filters you buy, you can either clean the filters or replace them. You can buy relatively cheap air filters, but these are more likely to break and will need replacing more often. By investing in a more expensive filter, you’ll save yourself money as you can just clean the filter instead of replacing it every time. The filters in your air conditioner should be changed or cleaned monthly, but if you own cats or dogs, you may need to clean or change them every fortnight.
The second factor for a reduced airflow is an obstruction to your outside unit. You will want to remove any debris, leaves, grass cutting, etc. from the outside unit and cut back any trees or shrubbery that are growing around it.
The cost of your utility bills is a lot higher than usual
If it’s not a dirty filter that’s causing your air conditioner to work harder and use more energy, there could be something wrong with the condensing coil, which is located in your air conditioner’s outdoor unit. The condenser coil can collect a lot of dirt and debris in its cooling fins. Don’t attempt to clean this on your own, call in a local contractor who is an expert in air conditioner maintenance and repairs.
Unusual noises coming from the air conditioning unit
If you can hear a rattling or ticking noise coming from your air conditioner, don’t start to fear the worst. If you’re very lucky, the sound you can hear is being created by no more than a loose screw. The worst outcome, one of the fan blades could be bent, or there’s something wrong with the blower motor. Don’t ignore the problem and get an AC technician out as soon as possible. If it’s the latter of the causes, you’re looking at a motor or fan blade replacement which could cost you anywhere between $150 and $750.
There’s water around my air conditioner
If there is water around your air conditioner, there could be a problem with your AC drain line. You want to get this issue fixed as soon as possible as the longer you leave it, the more water damage it will cause. Your AC system generates a lot of moisture during operation, which then is collected in a pan, and flows down the drain line.
If the drain line is blocked or damaged, the water has nowhere to exit. Check the line for any breakage or blockage. If the drain line is blocked, you can pour a mix of household bleach and water down the line to remove the blockage and other debris like algae.
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