There’s no doubt about it; one of the most frustrating things is having your air conditioner suddenly turn off on you in the middle of summer. However, for many homeowners, that is often the reality of the situation, and even though you may not know how to fix the issue, understanding common problems that arise with an air conditioner is a great way to detour them from happening in the first place. Thus the following includes a list of some of the most common air conditioner problems you may encounter and how troubleshooting a few of them is possible.
Blowing Warm Air
Perhaps the most common AC problem that you’ll run into is having your unit suddenly start blowing nothing but warm air. This can be confusing as the air conditioner is clearly working but not producing cool air. In this instance, there may be two possible reasons for the warm air. The first one includes a simple mistake with the thermostat. In some cases, you or another family member may have accidentally set the unit to fan and at a higher temperature. The next includes the air filter of your unit. Air Conditioning needs to have enough area to blow out the heat that it produces, and when it’s clogged by dirt, the performance of the unit can greatly suffer.
Your Air Conditioner Won’t turn On
If your AC suddenly turns off on you, there are a few things that could have happened. First includes your home’s breaker. During those hot summer days, too much energy is being used throughout your home, and in fact, the entire city can cause breakers to shut off without warning. Fortunately, simply flipping on the switch is enough to fix the issue. In more serious cases, you may find that you have some loose wiring within the unit. In this case, it is highly recommended to contact a professional as working with loose wires can be extremely dangerous.
Water or Refrigerant Leaking from AC Unit
Although it’s normal to see water dripping out of an AC unit, what is not normal is seeing large amounts of water pouring out of it. If this is the case, your AC unit may have faulty condensate pumps or a blocked drainage pipe. This is not something that most people have the expertise to repair on their own, and thus calling in the professionals may be your best bet. In terms of a refrigerant leak, one of the first things you’re going to notice are the different colored stains running down the unit. This issue must be dealt with immediately. Thus, it is recommended that you quickly turn off your AC unit and contact a professional as it can greatly affect a number of the components within your AC.
As you can see from the information above, your air conditioner can produce plenty of issues throughout the year. Call it a good or bad thing, but because these issues are so common, the repairs are often rapid and inexpensive. Of course, any troubleshooting you can safely and correctly do on your own is encouraged.