Testing your air conditioner while it is still relatively chilly outside can seem counterproductive. However, being proactive will save you time, money, and sweat when the warmer months hit.
Finding out if there is a problem now will allow you to have parts ordered and installed before the days are scorching hot. Taking action will ensure you don’t end up waiting for out of stock parts or paying more to have them shipped when demand is high. Here are a few things to look for when assessing your air conditioning unit.
Will it Turn On?
The first sign that something might be wrong is your air conditioning unit not turning on. If you flip the switch and nothing happens, first be sure that it is properly plugged in. Then, determine that the problem isn’t a blown fuse or electrical issue in your house, separate from the air conditioning unit.
If everything in your house is working in tip-top shape, the problem could be faulty wiring within the machine. Don’t try to handle electrical issues yourself; call a professional right away. Also, unplug the machine to ensure no electrical fires start in the meantime.
Is it Blowing Hot Air?
If your air conditioning unit is blowing hot air, there could be quite a few things wrong with it. The problems range from a quick, affordable fix to a major problem. For example, dirty filters can have a negative impact on your air conditioning unit’s temperature control. These can be cleaned regularly or replaced to keep your machine running smoothly.
On the other hand, the fuse box, coils, or refrigerant could be the issue. In this case, you will need a licensed professional to assess and fix the problem. Sometimes the problem is as simple as a thermostat that has been adjusted wrong. Be sure to check the thermostat settings before investing a lot of time and money.
Is it Running Smoothly?
Is your air conditioning unit running smoothly or turning off and on erratically? If it is running erratically, the good news is that this is a common problem. According to Santa Rosa Heating Services experts at Valley Comfort, this problem is referred to as “short cycling” and can be a simple or complicated fix.
As with the hot air issue, short cycling can be caused by dirty filters or a thermostat set incorrectly. If the thermostat is exposed to a window, the fluctuation in direct sunlight can have an impact on how the system reacts. Alternatively, it could be a bigger issue like improper sizing for your needs or a refrigerant issue.
Is it Unusually Noisy?
Depending on the age and price point of your air conditioning model, it may be expected to make some noise. However, if it sounds exceptionally noisy, there could be a problem with the fan. Air conditioning units usually have multiple fans: one to keep things cool in your house, and one to keep thing cool in the machine.
A noisy fan could mean a faulty motor or excess dirt and debris, worn bearings or deteriorating belts. If you clean your machine of extra dirt and dust and the noise doesn’t dissipate, it is time to call a professional.
Is it Leaking?
If your air conditioner is leaking, there could be a problem with the drainage system. Alternatively, there could be ice gathering inside that is dripping as it melts. Check to make sure everything is hooked up properly, and that all the ducts and filters are clean. If the problem persists, call a professional.
On the first scorching day of summer, you will be glad for your proactiveness as you sit in the cool breeze of your functional air conditioner!