Your air conditioner is one of your home’s biggest unsung heroes; that is, until Glen Carbon, Illinois’ late summer heat waves are in full force, and you can’t bear to be outdoors. Unfortunately, it seems like those scorching summer afternoons are when you experience the greatest number of problems with your AC unit. Keep reading to learn about the most common AC problems and how to set them straight, so you don’t burn up this summer!
The refrigerant is responsible for cooling the air inside of your air conditioning unit. Low refrigerant levels may result in a frozen coil, or the air coming through your vents may not be cold. In most cases, low refrigerant levels often suggest that there is a leak or a problem with the refrigerant system. For this reason, simply recharging the unit with refrigerant isn’t enough; the problem needs to be pinpointed and taken care of.
A Frozen Coil
While it might seem strange, frozen coils are not uncommon in the summertime. Generally speaking, a frozen coil is the result of obstructed air flow. Turn off the unit and let the coil thaw out, then check to ensure that your air filter is clean and that the return air ductwork is free from obstructions.
The Outside Unit Doesn’t Turn On
There are numerous problems that could prevent your outside unit from turning on. In some cases, the unit may not be working because the condenser unit is blocked or the evaporator is dirty. A majority of the time, cleaning the AC unit and getting rid of any obstructions is all that is necessary to get it working again. Other times, the solution for getting your unit running may be as simple as changing the batteries in your thermostat.
When it comes to AC problems, faulty wiring not only prevents the air conditioning unit from getting the power that it needs to function, but it also poses a significant fire hazard. If you notice exposed or frayed wires or your breaker is constantly tripping, then it’s important that you have a certified electrician take care of the problem as soon as possible.
At Morrison Plumbing, Heating and Air, we specialize in ensuring that your air conditioner keeps you comfortable all summer long. If your experience problems with your air conditioner or you would like to schedule your annual air conditioner tune-up, call us or contact us online.