Several different problems can occur on your Air Conditioning System, which might cause it to function poorly. For example, you might find that your AC;
• Isn’t working at all- fails to run
• Is doing a poor job in cooling- air flow is not cool enough
• Is running excessively
• Is dripping or leaking water
• Is making strange noises
• Has been affected by storm and heat wave problems
Unfortunately, these problems often occur during summer; and they are often accompanied by high repair fees and costly spare parts. While some of these AC repairs must be handled by a professional air-conditioning technician, there are a few quick and easy checks you can perform by yourself. By repairing your AC, you’ll save money and energy while making your home more comfortable.
Here are a few AC repair tips that you’ll find useful.
When the AC Stops Running
When the AC stops running or doesn’t start automatically start even when the thermostat signals the need for cooling, it’s possible that the thermostat isn’t working properly or that the unit isn’t receiving electrical power.
First things first, check to ensure that the thermostat is set to COOL and that its temperature setting is below the ambient temperature. Turn off power and remove the thermostat- replace its batteries. Also, inspect the main electrical panel and secondary circuit panels for a blown fuse or tripped breaker. Ensure that the furnace power and the outdoor condenser’s power switch are turned on.
When The Air-Flow Isn’t Cool Enough
When the AC doesn’t blow air or that the air isn’t cool enough, this may signal a broken belt- the belt that connects the motor and the blower. The solution is to replace the belt.
All you have to do is purchase an exact replacement. Then, remove the door located on the front of the air handler cabinet to give you access to the blower. Carefully slip the belt on the smaller motor pulley first, and then start it on the blower pulley. Rotate the pulley by hand- it should slip in place.
When The AC Unit is Running Excessively
This often happens when the thermostat settings have been tampered with, or when the thermostat battery is weak, which as a result affects the unit’s performance.
Check thermostat settings to ensure that they are correctly set. Also, check the battery to ensure that it isn’t weak.
When the AC Malfunctions as a Result of Storm and Heat Wave Problems
Most AC problems often arise during summer. High temperatures place stress on the system, causing it to malfunction. Hurricanes and storms also cause damage to the system. It’s, therefore, important that you take note of any physical damage caused by these two elements. Cleaning clogged ducts and filters can also help. Check for broken sealants around the furnace or the air conditioning system. Inspect the ducts, blower, coils, and the filters. Also, examine the outdoor handlers for trapped debris or grass that could have clogged the system.
When the AC Makes Too Much Noise
If the furnace produces rattling noises when running, tighten the cover panels. Squealing noises from a belt-drive air handler occur when the belt connecting the motor to the blower slips. Align the belt properly or replace it if it has become loose. Reduce noise from the heating/cooling ducts by inserting a flexible insulation ductwork between the metal ducts and the heating/cooling system.
When the AC Leaks/Drips Water
Something may be blocking the water’s flow or it may be leaking from one of the tubes or pipes carrying it, or the condensate pump may have stopped working. Test the pump- if it’s old or broken, you may have to replace it. If the pump is running but does not empty, unscrew the check valve and look for an obstruction.
Ice may also be the cause of the blockage leading to a leakage. Clean or change the filters.
AC repairs are easy and as you can see, most of them do not require the assistance of a qualified technician. You end up saving money and the hassle that comes with hiring technicians. Use these AC repair tips to ensure maximum comfort for your family.