Two Troubleshooting Tips for A/C Units

When the temperature outside starts to rise, the best way to find relief is indoors. Air conditioning units have long been used as a way to combat nasty summer weather. It can drastically lower the indoor temperature of your property in just minutes. The last thing that you want is for the unit to stop working, but it can happen due to normal wear and tear on the appliance. Use this troubleshooting guide for some common A/C issues and have to fix them.

A/C Not Blowing Cold Air

The air conditioner not blowing cold air is one of the worst issues to have with the unit. Without the cool air, the indoor temperature will soon begin to climb. There are several things in the unit that may cause this issue.

Fan Motor: The fan motor works by drawing air into the unit, passing it over the evaporator coils and then back into the room. When the fan isn't working properly, the air conditioner doesn't produce cold air. Locate the fan motor inside the unit and spin it to see if it can spin easily. You may need a new one if it is damaged.

Thermostat: The thermostat inside the unit is responsible for turning the A/C on or off according to the temperature you have it set at. The sensing bulb on the thermostat may become damaged and no longer send a signal to the unit to switch on. Inspect the bulb for any signs of damage, such as kinks or dents.

A/C Unit Isn't Powering On

Another issue you may face with your A/C is a complete lack of power. There are a few things that you can check when this happens.

Power Supply: The power supply for the unit could be disconnected. Follow the cord to the wall to make sure it is securely connected. Check the cord that goes into the unit and inspect it for signs of damage. Try unplugging it and plugging it back in to see if it fixes the issue.

Breaker: Air conditioner units require a lot of energy to run. The majority of users will run them all day long in the summer months. This can cause a strain on the breaker and cause it to trip. Check the breaker box and find the spot marked A/C. It should be in the On position. If it is in Off, switch it back to On and try running the A/C again.

When troubleshooting does not work, you will need the help of a professional HVAC contractor. Contact one in your area to see about rates and availability.