The air conditioning unit requires a reliable electrical system to provide the needed cool air for a home. As a homeowner, you will want to monitor the air conditioner as well as its electrical system to ensure your home stays cool during the hot summer months. However, it is important to know how to detect electrical problems as they occur. When electrical problems do develop, it is important to have a professional HVAC technician come to your home and correct the problem before more issues occur. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will share some of the common electrical wiring issues to look for and when to contact an HVAC technician.
Damaged Air Conditioner Wiring
A number of air conditioner problems often occur because of poor or damaged wiring. When wiring is improperly installed or damaged, often the air conditioner circuit will short out. When the air conditioner circuit frequently trips while the air conditioner is running, this is a sign of a wiring problem. Not only does the air conditioner keep switching off before the home is cooled down due to bad wiring, it is also a major fire hazard. Wiring problems can occur anywhere, such as the capacitor, in the thermostat, or anywhere between the circuit and breaker. If you see damaged wiring or the circuit frequently trips, call out an HVAC service to inspect and determine the location of the bad wiring.
Loose Air Conditioner Connections
There are many components that come together to create an air conditioning system. Some of the components will have its own independent power source or a single power source that links some components together. As such, there will be more than one electrical wiring connection point throughout the air conditioning system. When an air conditioner loses power or will not turn on at all and the breaker wasn’t tripped, then there is most likely a loose connection somewhere in the cooling system. When the power appears to be cut off from the air conditioner, you can look for loose connections. However, it can be dangerous to mess with the electrical wiring, so if you see a loose connection or suspect there is one, contact a professional HVAC technician.
Air Conditioner Wires Exposed
When bare wiring is exposed that is connected to or inside the air conditioner, know that this can be a major safety concern. When the protective plastic coat has been damaged and the inner wiring is exposed, there is a higher chance of electrocution and fires. When you see that the inner wiring is exposed, do not touch the wiring. Instead, contact an HVAC service. Tell them that you are having an electrical problem and that some of the electrical wiring is exposed. Request help right away as you will want to turn off the air conditioner until the wiring is repaired to prevent any fire hazards.