When they are functioning properly, we tend to take them for granted, as out air conditioners are the unsung heroes during the summertime months. Air conditioners actually perform two important functions, one is that they keep you and your family comfortable, and the other is to control the level of humidity in your home, which reduces the possibility of harmful mold and mildew. Newer models are more energy-efficient than older ones and tend to be more sophisticated. However, even newer models need work here and there with use. It is always a good idea to have your HVAC professional perform a diagnostic checkup and perform any maintenance needed, whether you notice any obvious problems or not. Today, we at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning would like to share the common early AC problems you should watch for.
AC Electrical Circuit & Control Malfunctions
You may notice that your unit cycles on and off too often when you first turn on your air conditioner on after the need for the heater is over. The first step in many cases is to troubleshoot and calibrate the thermostat since the trouble often lies with your thermostat. You may have a refrigerant leak in which case you need to call a licensed HVAC professional if that doesn’t solve the problem. The problem is of often a circuit breaker if your air conditioner unit won’t come on at all. There is one near the unit outside and one in your circuit breaker box.
Cooling System Problems
You may have a thermostat issue if your unit is running, but not cooling. You may have a stalled condenser coil if you find that not to be the case. Its fan will run even under stalled condenser conditions as the condenser is the component that produces the cold air. Especially in older units that haven’t been serviced in a while, is low refrigerant in another possibility. There is very little to no air coming out of the vents though it may notice the unit running in a normal manner. The holes or rips in the ducts is a common problem in this situation. When you see an unusual amount of dust coming out of your vents is another clue.
Strange AC Noises
Though there are some common noises, others can be less so. Listen carefully in all areas of your home when you first start up your unit. The installation may have been done wrong and you will need the contractor to take a look at it if you have a new unit and it just doesn’t sound right, such as an uncommon vibration. Generally, homeowners have had their units for a while and will recall what normal noise sounds like. It is time to call for professional help if you hear anything different. A problem with your air handler can be indicated by a squealing noise. It is probably the belt slipping if yours is belt-driven rather than direct driven. When a malfunction will potentially cause you and your family much discomfort while waiting for repairs to be completed, the time to look for common air conditioner problems is before summer, not later.