As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
No matter what kind of air conditioner you have in your home, it will break down eventually. Air conditioners typically last between 10-15 years, and it varies based on the type of wear and tear it sees over time. When the unit fails, it is a good idea to have an understanding about what the problem could be. It will help you troubleshoot the issue, and speed up the repair process.
The Air Conditioner Is No Longer Producing Cool Air
Your air conditioner may be pushing air through your ductwork, but the air is not cold enough to actually cool down your home. It's a common issue that you will eventually experience at some point. Start by checking if your condenser is blocked. It's possible that plants have covered the vents surrounding the condenser, and it cannot take in enough air needed to do its job. Give the condenser a buffer zone of about two feet to ensure there are no obstructions.
There could be a leak in the refrigerant lines that is preventing the crucial fluid from cooling the air. This problem is harder to diagnose on your own, and will require professional help.
The Air Conditioner Is Freezing
Inadequate airflow can be what is causing your air conditioner to freeze up. If it has been a while since you replaced your air filter, try investigating that first. A clogged up air filter will prevent air from easily flowing through, which can cause cool air to be trapped around coils and cause them to freeze.
A broken blower can also do the same thing, which is a repair that will require professional help as well.
The Air Conditioner Does Not Turn On
If the air condition is no longer turning on, it's probably not completely dead. Check out the fuse box to see if the circuit was tripped. The issue could also be due to a faulty thermostat. If the air conditioner cannot get the signal to turn on from the thermostat, it will appear as if the unit doesn't have any power. Try replacing the batteries and see if that does the trick.
Now that you are aware of some common issues with your air conditioner, you should be able to identify problems as soon as they happen. If you are still having trouble getting your air conditioner up and running again, you may be in need of a major repair or replacement of the unit. To learn more, contact Certified Appliance.Share
3 May 2015