Three-quarters of all homes in the US now have air conditioning installed. Yet with energy prices rising, running them is getting more expensive. So do you know how you can keep your costs down?
One way is by maintaining your system and troubleshooting problems as they occur. Read on as we discuss the common AC problems and how to solve them.
1. The AC Is Not Turning On
When the AC won’t turn on, it makes for an extremely uncomfortable scenario. It may wake you in the middle of the night, or you may not be able to settle in the midday sun. No matter how low you put the thermostat, you may find you get no response.
There are several possible causes for this. You may have a circuit breaker tripped somewhere in your electrical system. Check this at your fuse box.
Other possible problems will require the assistance of an electrician. They may involve loose wiring or even a thermostat that is not working. A qualified HVAC specialist will be able to diagnose these problems for you.
2. Weird Noise From AC
Odd noises coming from your unit are one of the most common HVAC problems. You should get them looked at immediately. Any grinding or squealing is a sign that a part has failed and may cause other mechanical failures elsewhere.
High pitches noises are usually a misaligned belt and could be easy to fix. When you hear the noise of metal grinding, then it is probably bearings that have gone or worn down and need replacing.
The longer you leave these problems, even if your AC continues to work, the worst it will be. You may find that they cause knock-on problems increasing the repair cost. Having regular professional AC maintenance should prevent this.
3. AC Won’t Stop Running
Even in the hottest climates, the AC should not be running constantly. Once your room reaches the desired temperature, it should shut off. When it runs constantly, it means huge energy bills, and the system will wear down quicker.
Several possible problems may cause this. Try turning off the thermostat and see if it stops or continues. After this, it may be problems with the electrics, compressor, or air filter.
4. No Cool Air
This issue can either result in no air at all or air coming from ducts that is not cool or even warm. Usually, it results from a tripped circuit breaker and is easy to fix. There may also be low refrigerant levels, or the blower belt could have worn down.
If it isn’t the circuit breaker, you will need an expert to assess it. Here are some questions to ask the HVAC company about your system when they arrive.
Fixing Common AC Problems
Now you know the common AC problems, you will be able to identify them much easier. Some of these will require professional repair. Look in your local area for the best reviews and recommendations.
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