Published on July 25th, 2018
Temperatures are soaring! Is your air conditioner keeping things cool on the home front? If not, you need a solution, and you need one fast! You can fix some common air conditioner problems. But for others, it’s best to call the knowledgeable and reputable professionals at Blue Frost Heating & Cooling.
Troubleshooting Air Conditioner Problems
Before you call Blue Frost Heating & Cooling, try these four troubleshooting tips. You might avoid costly repairs or even replacement.
1. The air condenser isn’t running
This may seem like a “duh” tip. But if your condenser isn’t running, check the power.
- Is your unit plugged in?
- Check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.
- Restore the power and see if your air conditioner starts.
If a lack of power isn’t the problem, it could be that the thermostat isn’t set properly. See if the air conditioner kicks on by lowering the thermostat by five degrees. If it doesn’t kick on, call Blue Frost Heating & Cooling. The problem isn’t an improperly set thermostat. It’s most likely a faulty motor or compressor. And that air conditioner problem, my friend, requires professional help to fix.
2. The air conditioning unit isn’t cooling your home adequately
When the AC doesn’t seem to be doing its job to cool the air inside your home, lower the thermostat by five degrees. If that doesn’t fix the problem, clean the evaporator carefully. Then let it run for a few hours. If the AC unit is cooling inadequately, it could mean:
- You have an improperly sized air conditioner.
- There isn’t proper airflow, both supply and return. If supply and return aren’t properly balanced, you will experience extreme temperature differences from the basement to the upstairs.
- Your attic insulation levels are insufficient or the attic hasn’t been air sealed and insulated properly. If this is the case, your air conditioner won’t cool your home well.
It’s true that extremely hot days can impact your AC unit’s effectiveness. If the temperatures outside are averaging 100 degrees or more, your AC may not be able to achieve 67 degrees inside your home. And no matter how much cold air your air conditioner puts out if you have a lot of windows letting the hot sunshine in, the thermostat won’t reach 67 degrees either.
3. The AC unit isn’t cooling
If your AC unit is running, but it isn’t cooling, take these steps:
- Check the thermostat. Make sure it’s working properly.
- Look at the condenser. Is it dirty or blocked? If so, clean it and remove the blockage. Tall weeds, grass or other airborne debris can block the condenser.
If the AC still isn’t blowing cold air, a faulty compressor or an inadequate amount of refrigerant in the system could be the culprits. If this is the case, these are air conditioner problems that Blue Frost Heating & Cooling needs to address.
4. The air conditioner shuts on and off repeatedly
Does your air conditioner shut on and off repeatedly? Visit the condenser unit. Again, if it’s dirty or blocked or the evaporator is dirty, your AC can’t work like it’s meant to. Most of the time a good cleaning and/or removing blockages will eliminate air conditioner problems.
Time to Call Blue Frost Heating & Cooling
If you’ve been troubleshooting your air conditioner problems to no avail, it’s time to call Blue Frost Heating & Cooling. We will investigate your AC unit issues thoroughly. You can live in and sleep in comfort on every floor of your two-, three-, or four-story home. And we can make it happen for you. Call us at (630) 761-9007 today.
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