When your air conditioning system is not functioning properly, what is the first thing you do? If you’re like many homeowners, you head for the phone and call in a professional. While there are many times when this is definitely the best solution, there are times when you might be able to fix the problem yourself.
You may be surprised to learn that there are some very simple solutions to problems that may seem complicated. All you need to do is to take a few minutes of your time to check it out and see if any of them apply. The next time you experience any of the problems below try these simple solutions to common AC problems that homeowners face before calling in a professional.
When you turn your AC unit on and nothing happens or when it suddenly shuts off, it can cause a panic at first. This is a natural response but it doesn’t always mean there is a serious problem. What you may not know is that the main reason you may not be getting any power to your AC unit is due to the circuit breaker kicking off or because of a blown fuse, which is found in older homes.
It is very common for homes to experience a surge of power or a temporary overload that will cause a fuse to blow or it will kick off your circuit breaker to prevent damage from occurring to the unit. The solution is to simply replace the fuse or flip the circuit breaker off and then back to the “on” position. This will reset it and your unit should work as normal. Of course, if this becomes a constant problem, then you’ll need to call in a professional to find out why.
When your system is not draining properly, you’ll notice water leaking and it needs to be taken care of right away to prevent the damage. In most cases, the condensate drain is clogged, preventing the water from draining properly. All you need to do is clean out the line. You can unhook it and blow out the line or attach a wet vacuum to one end to pull out the debris.
A dirty evaporator coil can also cause water to leak, so look for algae or dirt around the coils. If you see any, use your water hose to clean it off. If you notice there is ice on the coils, this is an indication that the Freon level is low and you’ll need to call in a professional company.
When your AC unit is not cooling properly, it’s easy to think there may be something seriously wrong but in many cases, it’s just the filters need changed. When the filters get old and clogged, it makes the system work harder to keep your home cool. When the air coming through the vents is not as cold as you expect or when you notice a spike in your electric bill, check your filters to see if they need changed.
You can save money and time by trying one of these simple solutions to these common AC problems before calling in a professional. However, when you do need a professional technician, 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration is available to solve all of your HVAC problems. We install new units, repair existing ones and offer 24/7 emergency service.« When Should You Call a Professional HVAC Repair Service? How You Can Save Energy on Your Air Conditioning and Heating Bill »