Top 3 Common Air Conditioning Problems
As the heat of Corpus Christi’s summer continues on, you need your air conditioner to be on top of its game. Understandably, when your air conditioning starts to have problems, an immediate solution is ideal rather than needing to call an expert.
We get that! So here are three of the most common A/C problems we hear about and our recommendations to help you see if you can fix the problem without needing to call for help.
1. My Air Conditioning Isn’t Cold
Few things are more disappointing in life than an air conditioner that doesn’t cool. Maybe a broken escalator? Anyways, here are a couple of things that could be the culprit.
To cover your normal basis, make sure you’ve changed out the air filter within the last five or so months. A clogged air filter can restrict the airflow in your system.
Another good test of your system is to set it on the coldest possible setting. If your house gets too cold, great! It works! If it still doesn’t cool off the house, then there may be a more serious problem. Sometimes, you just need to set it to a more extreme setting to help be sure.
If it’s still not working, here’s a few things you can check but might require professional help.
- Is the refrigerant reservoir leaking?
- Is there a leak in your HVAC ductwork?
- Do you have older windows or a lack of insulation?
All three of these can hurt your air conditioning’s effectiveness, but you may need professional help if any of these items are the case.
2. My Air Conditioning Doesn’t Cool the House Evenly
Uneven air conditioning is concerning, but it may just be a simple fix. Here’s a few things to do that might help you out. (See a longer list here)
First, make sure that the vents throughout the affected rooms aren’t blocked. Sometimes, something just got accidentally put down on top of a vent, and removing it will fix it.
Additionally, some rooms will naturally be hotter depending on how much sun they get. In rooms that get the most sun, blackout curtains can be a quick fix to bring the temperature down.
It’s also possible that poor insulation and leaks in ductwork are at play. If these tips don’t help the situation, you may need to give your local HVAC expert a call.
3. My Air Conditioning Isn’t Working At All
Before you have a panic attack and assume the worst, there’s a few things you should check. After all, sometimes people make simple mistakes, and it’s best not to let them cost you!
Here’s the list of items to check when your A/C stops working entirely:
- Double check that your thermostat is actually on a cooling setting. You’d be surprised how many times that’s the case…
- Check your thermostat batteries – if they’ve died, your A/C won’t cool your house.
- Lastly, double check your A/C circuit breaker and make sure it’s set to “on”.
If none of these steps fix the problem, we recommend you give your local HVAC expert a call.
If You Need More Help
We know that calling on an HVAC expert is going to require time and money that you were likely planning on spending on something else. That’s why we are committed to solving your problem promptly without breaking the bank.
If you find yourself facing what feels like a costly replacement or some maintenance, we would love to help make the process as painless as possible.
Contact us to solve your problem!