With summer finally arriving, a big question on everyone’s mind may be how to avoid AC and cooling issues in their homes. Is your AC making ominous noises? Or maybe it sounds fine but isn’t cooling. Air conditioning and HVAC units don’t last forever, 12 years is an average lifespan, and the moment they fail is usually when you need them the most. There may be multiple issues a homeowner can face with their AC or cooling system, but usually, with one problem comes a solution, whether it’s an easy fix or one that requires a professional.
The good news is that not every system malfunction means total doom. Many of these issues can be cheap and easy to fix, you may regret not doing them sooner. Air conditioner manufacturers generally make rugged, high quality products. If your air conditioner fails, begin by checking any fuses or circuit breakers. Let the unit cool down for about five minutes before resetting any breakers. If a central air conditioner’s compressor stops on a hot day, the high-pressure limit switch may have tripped; reset it by pushing the button located in the compressor’s access panel. Other common problems with air conditioners result from faulty installation, poor service procedures, and inadequate maintenance.
More often than not, the amount of refrigerant in the system does not match the manufacturer’s specifications. If proper refrigerant charging is not performed during installation, the performance and efficiency of the unit becomes impaired. If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, either it was undercharged (not enough was added at installation) or it leaks. If it leaks, simply adding refrigerant is not a solution. A trained professional should fix any leak, test the repair, and then charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant.
For most AC units and cooling systems, the HVAC filter requires that it be changed either every six months or every three. If you allow filters and air conditioning coils to become dirty, the air conditioner will not work properly, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.
During normal operation, the system generates moisture in the form of condensation. That water collects in a pan and flows out a line either into a floor drain or condensate sump basin. An accumulation of water signals a significant drainage issue. It’s imperative that when it’s humid outside, you check the condensate drain to make sure it isn’t clogged or disconnected and is draining properly. Room air conditioners may not drain properly if not mounted level. If it turns out to be a significant leak or a dripping circuit breaker the issue should be dealt with immediately by a professional.
No one wants to be stuck inside in the middle of summer with an AC unit or cooling systems that can’t seem to run normally. Central air-conditioning systems are fairly complex but, fortunately, fairly reliable. However, when your AC is on the fritz, more often than not, if it’s not the filter or a small breaker issue, it may require the help of a professional.
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