Here in the Las Vegas Valley the temperatures are rising quickly. The last week of April we experienced an extreme increase in temperature. Most of you likely turned your air conditioners on for the first time so that you could stay comfortable in your home during this heat wave. When you turn on your air conditioning unit for the first time there are a myriad of issues that could occur. Today Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is going to highlight some of the most common issues you may run into when you turn your air conditioner for this first time this season.
AC Unit Fan Not Spinning or Working
The first issue that we are going to discuss is fan problems. There is a fan that blows the air from inside your home over your unit’s evaporator coil to cool the air. Another fan blows air over the outdoor unit’s condenser to blow the hot air outside the of your home. When you first turn on your unit one or both of your fans may not work properly. This could be due to a faulty motor, worn belts, not enough lubrication, or dirt and debris. When your fans do not work you end up with poor airflow in your home. If you do not take care of this problem right when it starts larger issues may occur.
Air Conditioner Not Working Due to Low Refrigerant
As we mentioned above, your air conditioning unit takes the heat out of your home with the use of fans. Refrigerant is also used to help with this process. If you do not have enough refrigerant in your air conditioning system you will not end up with cooled air running through your home. You could have a leak in your system that is causing the refrigerant to leak out. Many people mistakenly think that they can simply put some refrigerant in their unit and everything will be fine. Resist the urge to do this project yourself. An experienced repair technician will be needed to find the leaks and repair the holes in the lines. Without experience this process can be overwhelming and unsuccessful.
Air Duct Leaking in Attic
You may have turned your air conditioner on to find that your home is still not a comfortable temperature. This could be happening for a few different reasons. The first issue you could be having is that you have leak in your duct system. The cool air that your air conditioner creates travels into your home through your ductwork. If there are leaks in your air ducts that cold air will escape before it reaches its original destination. If this is happening you will likely notice that your utility bills are larger than normal too.
Thermostat Not Working
The second reason that your house may still be hot after you turn your air conditioner on is that your thermostat is not functioning properly. Your thermostat works with your air conditioning system to regulate the temperature inside your home. You set your thermostat for the desired temperature and then your home should ideally be cooled to that temperature. If your thermostat is not functioning properly this will not happen. You may need to replace your thermostat if this happens to you.
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If your air conditioner is not working properly when you turn it on it is important to have Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning come out right away and get the problem fixed before it causes larger issues. Contact us today!