Your Guide to the 10 Most Common Air Conditioning Issues
While air conditioning units are designed to last for many years, they can still suffer from a range of issues. As a homeowner, understanding what type of issue you’re dealing with can help you make better decisions when it comes to air conditioning maintenance and repair.
1. Not Turning On
If your air conditioner isn’t turning on, first check that a tripped breaker is not the issue and that your thermostat is set correctly. If these are not the problem, you may have to contact a professional.
2. Blowing Warm Air
Your air conditioner may be blowing warm air if the coolant levels are low. You should also remove anything blocking your vents and check that the air filter is not clogged.
3. Fluid Leak
Refrigerant or water leaks can be serious issues for air conditioners. It’s important to have the issue looked at by a professional as soon as possible.
4. Strange Noises
Rattling, buzzing, or other strange noises from your air conditioner can indicate a problem with the fan motor, evaporator coil, or compressor.
5. Running Constantly
Older or improperly sized air conditioners may constantly run, leading to higher energy bills.
6. Short Cycling
Short cycling is when your air conditioner turns on and off rapidly rather than running for the full cycle. This is usually caused by a faulty thermostat, clogged air filter, or a unit too large for your home.
7. Frequent Circuit Breaker Trips
If the circuit breaker for your air conditioner trips multiple times, there could be an electrical issue with the unit.
8. Strange Smells
A healthy air conditioner should not produce any odors. A Burning smell could indicate that the wiring is overheating, and you should turn off the unit until it can be serviced by a professional.
9. Drainage Problems
Air conditioners produce water as a byproduct of the cooling process. If your unit is not draining properly, it often indicates a blocked condensate line.
10. Poor Air Flow
If your air conditioner is not producing enough cool air, it could be a sign that the air filter is dirty or clogged. You should also make sure that all of the vents are open and unobstructed.
None of these issues is too large a job for F & R Air Conditioning, Inc.. Serving Abbeville, LA, and the surrounding areas, we provide cooling, heating, indoor air quality, and ductwork services for year-round comfort. If you’re concerned about your AC system, contact us today!