Common Air Conditioning Problems

Many consumers call their air conditioning service company when they have HVAC problems or questions.  If you have a relationship with a quality contractor this is usually the fastest path to resolving the problem.  Other consumers want a deeper understanding of how their system works and the options available to them.  Others want to save money and energy by diagnosing problems themselves.

It’s never too late to reduce energy consumption or prevent additional breakdowns.  There are several ways to check for and resolve problems associated with your central air conditioning.  Common problems include frozen coils, condensate leaks, bad motors, ants in contactors and more serious problems including the compressor failing.

The first thing you should do if your air conditioner is not functioning properly is to check the fuse box or circuit breaker that services the unit. The fuse may need to be replaced or the circuit breaker reset.  Also, if the air conditioner turns on and off frequently, the unit may be low on refrigerant or the compressor and fan controls may be worn out.

If your unit is turning on, but the air isn’t cooling efficiently, your refrigerant may be low. You may also need to clean off the evaporator or condenser coils by brushing them off or vacuuming them. In addition, the filter may need to be replaced. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency considerably.

Water leaks are usually associated with low refrigerant or a clogged drain pipe. Clogs can be fixed by clearing out the clogged pipe within the evaporator coil pan.

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