Two-thirds of all homes in the United States have air conditioners, and while they may not be necessary in all areas, they add significant comfort to the typical home during the potentially brutal heat that comes with the summertime season. That being said, the last thing any homeowner wants is to deal with an unexpected problem or breakdown with the system just when they need it the most. It’s always best to consult a professional for HVAC inspections and repairs, but if you notice a problem with your air conditioner, it often helps to have some basic knowledge to diagnose the potential issue. Here are just a few of the most common air conditioning problems and how to solve them.
Just like a window air conditioning unit drips water, a central air system needs to be able to drain properly as well. If you notice your system working inefficiently or leaking any type of liquid, it may mean that the drain line is clogged with dust, dirt, and other debris. Letting this problem go on without repairing it could cause long-term damage to both your air conditioner and your home. Contact a professional to safely clean and repair the drain line.
Air Not Cool
If your air conditioner is blowing out air, but it’s not cooled air, it could mean that there’s an underlying issue with the compressor. This is the component that gives energy to the refrigerant and carries it through the heat exchange. If the compressor isn’t working, the air conditioner simply will not cool your home. This issue could also result from improper refrigerant amounts — especially if it’s too low.
Finally, your system’s thermostat malfunctioning may be a result of improper maintenance. Contact a professional to clean out the inside of your thermostat and make suggestions on how to improve its accuracy.
Ultimately, heating and cooling account for about 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. Knowing how to accurately diagnose and resolve air conditioner issues can help keep you calm, cool, and collected all summer long. For more information about HVAC inspections, contact Precision Plumbing.