It’s hot out there.
Luckily, you’re comfortable inside with the air conditioner keeping that muggy awfulness at bay.
It would be a terrible shame if your air conditioner were to shut down unexpectedly!
It really would. We aren’t cartoon villains here.
But sometimes luck conspires against you, and the air conditioner you trust to keep your family comfortable kicks, sputters and calls it quits.
A lot can go wrong with your air conditioner. Regular maintenance is a great way to catch any developing problems before they reach the point of a break down, but nothing is 100%.
So here are some of the common AC problems and our advice on fixes.
I can’t feel air coming out of the register.
If you don’t feel air movement on your hand in front of any vents in the house, the fan on the outside air conditioner might not be running.
Luckily, 8 out of 10 cases are resolved by just resetting the breaker.
However, 2 out of 10 cases are a little more complex and could include problems with the thermostat, control board, wiring or condensate pump reservoir.
Try resetting your breaker and if that doesn’t work, give us a call.
My air conditioner doesn’t want to turn on at all.
If you can’t get the air conditioner to turn on, crank down the thermostat by 5 degrees, then more.
As is a trend in air conditioner breakdowns, check the breaker.
This could be a problem with a frayed wire somewhere in the system, or a loss of communication between the thermostat and air conditioner.
The air conditioner is running but it sure isn’t cooling.
This is one of the most common air conditioner repair issues. If we could give you a simple answer, we would. But it could be caused by all sorts of factors.
Refrigerant could be low, the condensate drain could be blocked, the air filter could be caked with dirt.
Occasionally we find houses trying to stay cool with an undersized air conditioner (which is why it’s important to buy from a reputable provider in the first place).
The only surefire fix it so call us and schedule a repair visit.
My air conditioner is actually blowing hot air!
Most often this is caused by a dirty air filter obstructing treated air flow, or something else getting in the way of normal airflow.
Make sure the outside unit is running and sweep away any leaves or crud blocking parts of the air conditioner.
In rare cases (if you keep up with your maintenance), you could be low on Freon. This requires a professional visit.
My air conditioner is making a strange noise.
This is one of the most common ac problems we field calls for.
You hear your air conditioner enough to identify the normal and not-so-normal noises.
There can be many causes, as air conditioners are made from a long list of moving parts, but most often this is a belt problem. If there is a bit of a squeal hidden in the sound, you can safely assume it’s a belt issue.
If you hear more of a grinding noise, there could be a problem with the bearings in the motor.
Rattling noises are often just loose screws in the cover panels. Try tightening the screws before giving us a call.
Of course, there are an endless number of nuanced problems you could encounter with your air conditioner.
It’s built to last and stand up to hard work, but things happen.
If you aren’t sure what’s going on with your air conditioner, give us a call and we’ll help get it sorted out.