The warm weather is here and the temperature is only rising. Are you ready for the high temperatures? Your air conditioning unit is important for keeping your home cool and comfortable during these higher temperatures, so sometimes issues will arise with them. Before calling a professional, you may be able to handle the situation yourself.
THE CONDENSER ISN’T WORKING
The condensing unit is responsible for cooling and condensing refrigerant from a gaseous state to a liquid state. If your condenser isn’t running, first check to make sure the unit is plugged in. If it is, check to see if a fuse has been blown or a breaker has been tripped. Another issue could be a defective thermostat. Try lowering the temperature on your thermostat by 5 degrees – if it still doesn’t turn on, the compressor’s motor might be the issue and will need to be fixed by a professional!
THE AIR IS NOT COLD
The lack of cold air coming from your air conditioning unit can be caused by many different issues, but starting with lowering the temperature on your thermostat by 5 degrees is a great place to start. If this doesn’t fix the issue, a new air filter or cleaning a dirty evaporator coil could do the trick! Keep in mind that if the temperature outside is very high, the inside of your house might not reach the temperature desired if your home has numerous windows letting in warm sun rays. If the problem persists, the unit might need to be replaced all together, but be sure to consult with a professional before making any drastic decisions.
TURNING OFF REPEATEDLY
This can happen if your evaporator coil is dirty, or if your condenser is dirty or blocked. Start by carefully cleaning the coil and the condenser and remove all obstructions from the unit. Typically, a good cleaning will fix the problem!
MAKING STRANGE NOISES
Air conditioning units can make a lot of strange noises for different reasons. If the problem persists, turn the unit off and make sure there are no loose screws, damaged belts, debris stuck in the blower or blower blades. If you are uncomfortable with any of these tasks, leave the unit turned off and call a professional to inspect the unit.
DRIPPING WATER FROM UNIT
Sometimes homeowners will find that their air conditioning unit is dripping or find a puddle around the base of the unit. Figuring out why this is happening is typically an easy fix! A dirty air filter can cause blockages or tube disconnections. You’ll want to clean the air filter and clear the tube of any debris and reconnect the tube.