Common Reasons Your AC Might Not Be Working
There’s nothing worse than trying to figure out why your air conditioner isn’t working on a hot summer day. No one wants to sweat inside of their home or go back and forth trying to figure out what’s wrong. If you’re having problems with your unit, don’t worry. There are a few things you can do before needing to call an expert.
Some common reasons why your AC might not be working include:
- Thermostat Problems
- Dirty Air Filters
- Water Leak
- Refrigerant Leak
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One of the quickest ways to see if your air conditioner is working properly is by seeing if there are problems with your thermostat. If the temperature on your thermostat doesn’t match what it’s set to, that’s a quick indication that something’s wrong. The temperature inside may also slowly increase throughout the day if there is no cool air being circulated into your system.
If you have an electronic thermostat, you may need to replace the batteries. If it’s mechanical, you can take the cover off and clean it with a small brush or rag to clear any dust. Next, you can take a look at the wires and see if anything is out of place. If so, it’s best to call a professional to make sure everything is reconnected properly.
Dirty Air Filters
The next thing you should look at is your air filter. A dirty air filter can cause short-cycling, which is when your system is constantly shutting off and restarting. This adds wear to your compressor, the pump that pushes the refrigerant through your AC system.
It’s recommended that you change your air filter every three months. If you live in a very dusty climate, have multiple pets, or are prone to allergies, it’s recommended that you change your air filter every two months to keep the air clean.
If water leaks out of your air conditioner, there are a few things that may have caused it. Most often, it’s from a clogged condensate drain, which is a drain line that catches all that humidity and excess water that is removed from your air. The coil in your system removes humidity from the air and converts it into water. From there, water drains into the condensate drain pan, enters the drain, and is then deposited outside next to your outdoor AC unit. If your condensate drain is blocked or the drain line is disconnected, the water will collect and over time, begin to start leaking inside your home.
Refrigerant is the general name for the chemical blend that cycles throughout your unit and shifts between gaseous and liquid states. During this process, it absorbs heat which is then transferred out of your unit and allows your home to stay cool. You’ll know that your refrigerant is leaking if there are small holes in your coils or if the motor, located outside, is vibrating. You can also test this by placing your hand in front of your home’s air vents to see if your system is blowing out cool air. Contacting a professional prevents any larger issues from occurring and your system will quickly be back up and running.
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