If you’re experiencing problems with your air conditioner, it might turn out to be something fairly routine. Here are four of the most common air conditioning problems and a few things to check before calling for AC repair. If you can’t seem to figure out the problem, have any questions, or in need of AC service we are here to help at Mendez AC and Heating.
1. The AC system stops working all together.
The first thing to check when your air conditioner stops working all together is your circuit breaker. Make sure the breaker hasn’t tripped and the switch is in the ‘on’ position. Also double check that your thermostat batteries are working, your screen lights up and it’s set to the cool setting at your desired temperature. If none of these is your issue, your problem might be more internal and mechanical.
2. Some rooms are colder than others.
Experiencing different temperatures in various rooms throughout a home is frustrating and more common than you’d think. Double check that your vents are open for maximum air flow. You could also have dirty vents or ducts. Cool air sent from your system will take the path of least resistance through the ducts and out of the vents. This means if some vents have more dust than others, your cool air won’t be distributed evenly. Cold air can also escape before it reaches a room due to holes and imperfections in your duct system.
3. The systems is blowing warm or less than cool air.
When your air conditioner is blowing air but it’s not cooling your home to the desired temperature, check your outdoor unit. If your condenser is dirty or clogged, air won’t be able to circulate in your system properly. Dirty air filters and return grates can also limit air flow and prevent your air from being cooled. If you’ve cleaned your unit and you’re still having the same problem, your system might not be the appropriate size for your home. Contact us at Mendez AC and Heating to discover whether your AC system is the right size.
4. The system never turns off.
Having an inaccurately sized air conditioner can also leave your system constantly running. Having a system that constantly runs is annoying, energy inefficient and it drastically increases your electricity bills. Double check that your run switch is set to ‘auto’ instead of ‘fan’ and that your temperature isn’t set to a degree that is too low for your system to reach. After checking the basics, ensure your outdoor unit condenser coils are clean so your system isn’t working overtime to cool down your home.
Many of the more common air conditioning problems can be easily avoided by regular preventative maintenance and check-ups. Scheduling once-a-year cleanings and performance checks by a professional can guarantee you’ll save money in the long run and never come home to a broken system. Give us a call at Mendez AC and Heating today if you’re in need of AC repair or to begin your maintenance request.