A Homeowner’s Guide to Common Air Conditioning Problems
Air conditioning systems can provide years of enjoyment; however, just like any other machine problems can arise. This article will discuss the most common air conditioning problems.
The first thing you should do if your air conditioner experiences any issues is to turn the unit off immediately. This simple thing can protect the unit from further damage. Turn the air conditioner off at the thermostat and at the breaker box, and allow the system to reset by leaving the power off for five minutes. Then, turn the breaker on and set the thermostat to cool again. Many times, simply resetting your air conditioner can correct a faulty air conditioning system.
Another common issue is poor operating procedures. If your home has a central air conditioning system, it is important that all windows and exterior doors remain closed. This will prevent the air conditioning system from being overworked, which can lead to the unit freezing up. If the unit develops ice on the outside, ensure all windows and doors are closed, turn off the unit and allow it to defrost before running again.
Change your central air conditioner’s filters every month. These filters are the life of your system. Most HVAC contractors recommend changing the filter every time you pay your electric bill. This will ensure that the filter is changed every 30 days.
Other common air conditioning problems include low refrigerant. This issue requires a trained technician. The technician will inspect the system and then charge the system according to the manufacturer’s specs.
Drainage problems are another common issue experienced by homeowners. If the condenser drain line becomes clogged, it can cause the air condition to not function properly. To check this go outside to your air conditioning unit and inspect the pipe coming out of the bottom of your unit. If there is dirt, mud or grass clippings clogging up the pipe, clean it out.
Finally, over time, the air conditioner compressor or fan motor can wear out. These issues are often caused by corrosion of the electrical terminals. A professional service call is needed to correct these issues.
Knowing the most common air conditioning problems and how they can be avoided can save you time, money and frustration. Use the advice listed above to help determine when it is time to call in the professionals.
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