Solutions To Common Air Conditioning Problems
The science of climate control may seem fairly complicated, these solutions to common air conditioning problems can save you plenty of trouble and probably add years to the life of your air conditioning unit, too. Most air conditioners simply stop running efficiently and you end up running them longer and turning the thermostat down even lower without achieving the climate control results you want. Soon enough, that’s insufficient and you repeat the process until you realize that the unit is simply not cooling and not going to cool. It may even run hot.
These common air conditioning problems are things you should watch for well before your air conditioner runs down and simply stops providing any climate control at all.
Water Leakage – All air conditioners can leak water and while this can cause significant problems in your home, it can also damage the air conditioner itself. A rusted out condensation pan or pipe can be the problem and it’s often very easy to replace. More simply, bits of rust or other debris can also block the drain or hose leading from the drain. Make sure all the drain parts are clear.
Frozen Coils – Frozen coils will very often indicate problems with the airflow into the air conditioning unit. In most cases, this is dealt with simply by replacing used air filters. Blocked air vents or ducts could also free up frozen coils and get the air conditioning flowing again. Low refrigerant or low freon pressure are less common air conditioning problems but will cause a bottleneck in the air conditioner and possibly the same frozen coils. Either refrigerant or pressure need to be adjusted according to the manufacturers specifications, mostly likely by an air conditioning specialist.
Fan Problems – Your air conditioner fan is working to move the heat from inside your home to the outside. When it’s not operating efficiently it will quickly overheat and trip the safety switch or the circuit breakers. It can even cause damage to the compressor or another part of the circuitry of the air conditioner. Most common air conditioning problems tend to start with a noisy fan. Loud noises almost always begin with the the fan belt that simply needs to be replaced. The manufacturer may also recommend lubricating the fan and the motor bearings which can also be the source of noise.
Temperature Controls – Air conditioning units can also seem to simply shut off without providing any climate control or much cooling. Air conditioners with blocked input vents or grills usually display such temperament though there may be more serious problems. Carefully cleaning the vents and taking the air conditioning unit apart to clean hard to reach areas will solve most of these problems, though .
Wiring Problems – Air conditioners are also often short-circuited to the ground which will cause the circuit breakers to fail. Most likely this is a problem that needs to be addressed by a climate control professional.
We talk about common air conditioning problems and more complicated HVAC issues just about every day. If find that your unit needs air conditioning service, just give us a call at 646-2-783-2475.