Common air conditioning problems as reported by our customers are contained here along with common results.
There are several things you can check before you call in your HVAC Specialist which can save you money and aggravation.
One of the most common air conditioning problems, my unit will not run. It can be very frustrating when you turn your thermostat to the desired temperature and then nothing happens. This is a common issue and there can be a number of causes. The best thing to do is to check several things first, yourself:
Once you have confirmed that none of these are your problem, it is time to call in the professionals. It could still be something simple, but it could be a motor or other major component that would require specialized knowledge and tools. So when it comes to the nuts and bolts of your HVAC equipment, doing it yourself can cause much more costly damage.
Also a common problem, my system is blowing hot air. This can be very upsetting to turn your air conditioning on just to have it blow out hotter air! A refrigerant leak can be the issue and this can be a serious concern and problems. Refrigerant does not get used up, it only reduces if there is a leak. Very few leaks on the coil are repairable (it depends on the location). Often coil leaks result in needing coil replacement and with an older system, it may make better sense to replace the entire unit. This is something your need a professional HVAC tech to look at for you.
This can often be a rather simple problem of a clogged drain pan and pipe assembly. It is normal to have condensation which should collect in the drain pan and then feed into the pipe. If the pipe becomes clogged then the drain pan will fill and overflow. Cleaning the drain pan and pipe will often solve this problem. Pipes can be difficult to clean and you may prefer to have a professional do that for you.
There are many components which make up your air conditioning system. Your system can make many abnormal sounds which can indicate problems. Here are some examples, which almost always requires a licensed tech to determine the cause.
A rather simple problem can be your thermostat. If your thermostat will not work, check the batteries first if it is battery operated. Sometimes changing the batteries will solve the problem. Thermostats do malfunction from time to time and may require replacement if batteries do not solve the problem.
Whenever in doubt with heating or air conditioning problems, it is wise to contact your HVAC specialist. Your HVAC equipment represents a substantial investment and many problems can be made much worse by a well meaning do-it-yourselfer or someone who is not specifically skilled on this kind of equipment. Use only licensed technicians to work on your HVAC system.
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