What do you do when the air conditioning appliance that’s supposed to be keeping your house cool is full of hot air? Let’s face it: the last thing any of us want on a hot day is to walk out of the summer swelter and into an oven. Restoring that AC to its former glory is going to be a top priority.
Still, in Spring Hill, AC repair bills can be an unwanted expense. You want to make sure that you do everything you can to minimize the impact a broken air conditioner will have, not only on your thermostat, but on your wallet.
We’ll jump into Air Conditioning for Regular Folks for a moment here. This is because in order to understand the rest of this article, you’ll need a basic frame of reference. You can read up on heating and cooling in more detail elsewhere, but here are some basic principles:
Alright, so now that you’re an expert, let’s talk about some of the things you can do to check on your air conditioning system. We’ll go through this by symptom. Symptom 1 will cover what to do if your system won’t power on at all. If your system is powered on but blowing warmer air, skip directly to Symptom 2 below.
But before you do any of that, we have a very important disclaimer:
DANGER! HIGH VOLTAGE!
Air conditioning units draw a fair amount of electrical energy, and they also contain capacitors, which can store that electricity. You want to be extraordinarily careful. If you aren’t sure what you’re doing, the best course of action is to do nothing. Spring Hill AC repair technicians are always ready to come out and service your system.
Symptom 1: Your Air Conditioner Will Not Turn On
If your air conditioner isn’t turning on at all, there are some troubleshooting steps for you to follow. Now, if you’re ready to proceed, here’s are some things that could stop your unit from powering on:
1.Check and be sure that the unit isn’t powering on. This means check the indoor and outdoor units. If only one unit is experiencing issues, you have narrowed the problem down to that portion of your cooling system.
2.Check the breakers. This may seem like an obvious thing, but it’s a surprisingly common solution. Because residential central air conditioning systems draw a lot of power to cool the home, you may occasionally be dealing with something as common as a tripped breaker. Flip them back and see if solves your problem. If it does not, or if the breaker trips again, shut off power to your system and call contractors for a repair estimate.
3.Wiring Issues – Wires can loosen over time as they contract and expand with the changing temperatures. You shouldn’t attempt to repair these yourself, but it might just be possible to check for them.
4.Motor or compressor fault. If your compressor or motor aren’t functioning properly, the unit may not power on at all. If that is the case, you’re in for an expensive bill, or possibly a replacement. Avoid this problem by keeping your system clean!
5.Thermostat problems. Confirm that your thermostat is set to COOL and that the temperature is set below room temperature. If your unit isn’t turning on, your thermostat could be the problem. See if the AC unit will turn on manually. If it does, you’ll likely be replacing your thermostat.
6.Bad capacitor. A capacitor stores energy and turns your motor and compressor on. Think of them a little bit like a car battery – essential to function, but pretty simple to replace. A contractor can swap those out for you without great expense.
That covers some of the common reasons your air conditioning system isn’t turning on. What happens if it powers on just fine, but the air it’s blowing isn’t cold and refreshing?
Symptom 2: Your Air Conditioner Is Blowing Warm Air
If your system is turning on, but you are feeling warm air or no air coming out of your vents, you have different set of problems. Let’s go over what you might be dealing with:
1. Ice. This seems counterintuitive, but if ice builds up inside your system, it will blow warm air or no air. Ice will often collect on the condenser or evaporator coils, particularly if the system hasn’t been cleaned. The unit must be thawed before it will work properly.
2. Low refrigerant. Refrigerant is the key ingredient in the cooling apparatus, and it exists in a closed system. If that system develops a leak, your refrigerant levels will drop below the optimum, and your air conditioning system will work improperly, if at all. Refrigerant is a hazardous chemical, and requires a licensed professional to handle, but it’s a simple enough thing to find a leak, repair it, and charge your refrigerant.
3.Dirty filters or coils. This will lead directly to ice, our first problem. If your air filters aren’t cleaned regularly, they’ll stop allowing air to pass through, and cold air will build up in your system, icing over the coils and insulating them, which prevents them from cooling air in your home.
Other problems can assail your system as well, but for the most part, preventive maintenance on a regular basis is all it takes to keep your air conditioner running strong. We recommend an annual tune-up, and you should always have it checked at the beginning of the warm season.
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