A sufficiently operating cooling system is the biggest part of the cooling system. The AC unit performs more than just removing the heat from your home or business, as it also manages the humidity levels as well. There is a number of causes as to why your air conditioner is not working properly or at all and we at Jacob’s Ladder Heating & Cooling would like to take the opportunity to list the most common causes today.
Troubleshooting the Most Common Air Conditioning Problems
AC Drain Line Keeps Clogging: Clogs are easily developed in the drain line from dust, dirt, lint and debris that collects in it. When the drain line is clogged, the pan fills and spills over, leading to water damage and mold growth on the surrounding components and surfaces.
Evaporator Coils that Need to Be Clean: The evaporator coils absorb heat in the air and with the assistance of a series of air ducts the cool air is sent back into the house. To reduce the corrosion on the coils, have them professionally cleaned every 3 years or so.
How Often to Change Air Filter in House?: The filters collect dust, lint, dirt, and debris by design. Once the filters become clogged, the air conditioner cannot perform to its full potential. Some filters require every 1-3 months to be cleaned or replaced, check the manufacturer’s suggestions and be sure to consider additional factors that can cause filters to reach capacity such as pets, smokers, or living in an area with extra dust.
AC Refrigerant Leaks: It requires a licensed professional to repair the leaks and recharge it to the necessary refrigerant levels and without the right amount of refrigerant, the A/C unit cannot operate.
Thermostat: The thermostat is usually fairly easy to fix and is often the culprit for air conditioner problems. More often than not, adjusting the settings, replacing the batteries, or possibly replacing the thermostat is the solution.
Central Air Conditioner Breakers & Fuses: The breakers and fuses play a major role in order to protect from overheating of the air conditioner unit’s motor or compressor. The technicians will usually check the breaker first in the case of a seized motors.
Bad AC Capacitor: Without the capacitors that powers the motor, the compressor and fans will not function. A jolt is sent from the start capacitor to activate the motor and with a series of jolts the run capacitor keeps the motor running.
Failed AC Compressor: Refrigerant is propelled through the coils after the compressor applies energy to it in order to carry out heat exchange. When the compressor is not working, the A/C unit is incapable of cooling the home. When there is not enough refrigerant the compressor over heats and eventually seizes. Also, there is failure with the compressor when there is too much refrigerant.
AC Condenser Coils: The compressor can become dirty quite easily because the condenser coils are located outside and have constant exposure to outdoor elements. Cleaning them annually with a garden hose should be adequate. If you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself, most professionals offer cleaning services and is frequently included in maintenance services as well.
Air Conditioner Contactor Problems: There are contactors that make an electrical connection to start the motors and compressor and there is one for the blower motor, the compressor, and the condenser fan motor. Should there be any arcing and pitting on the contactor, it can be a challenge for the electric current to start the motors.
Central Air Conditioning Maintenance Troubleshooting, Diagnosis, Emergency Repairs & More in Oak Park, West Bloomfield, Huntington Woods, Southfield & Greater Detroit, Michigan
Listed above are just some of the common causes of air conditioning problems. Where there can be a plethora of reasons as to why the air conditioner unit is not working, you need a certified expert from Jacob’s Ladder Heating & Cooling to find the issue or issues and ensure a thorough and efficient air conditioner repair. Call us today to get you’re A/C repaired quickly and efficiently.