If you looked outside right now, I’m sure one of the last things you would be thinking of is if your air conditioning unit is in good working order. Right now I'm looking out my window and here we sit past mid-April but there was more than a foot of fresh snow this past week.
In Winnipeg we have just been hit with the blizzard of the decade, but I assure you the weather will warm up and being prepared for Winnipeg's summer heat and humidity with a working air conditioner is a must.
When summer is in full swing, your air conditioner is most certainly working overtime to keep you cool. But what happens if it breaks down? Check out this guide on the top 10 things you need to know about air conditioning repair before calling a professional HVAC company.
We've got you covered on all things air conditioning. Everything from typical issues to determining when it's time to replace your unit. We've also included some suggestions for saving money on your air conditioning repairs. So, whether your air conditioner is broken, or you just want to be prepared, and keep it in good working order as long as possible, keep reading!
There are a few common problems that can occur with air conditioning units, and below you will find some suggestions and maintenance tips to keep your air conditioning unit running at its peak performance.
There are a couple of different reasons that can cause your air conditioner to loose power, read of to find the common solutions for when your air conditioner won't turn on.
1. Air Conditioner won’t turn on
This can seem like a complex problem that sometimes comes with a simple solution!
The first thing to check is does your air conditioner unit have power to it?
The two easy places to check for power loss include:
To check your breaker, locate your electrical panel and the label for the AC unit. Check to see if the switch is in the fully "ON" position. This breaker needs to be in the on position to have power going to your air conditioning unit. If your breaker is on but do not have power to your air conditioner another common solution is to check the fuse.
Yes, your outdoor air conditioning unit comes equipped with it's own fuse. It is best to consult your air conditioning manual for the location and type of fuse that is required. If you fuse is blown, you will need to replace it before your unit will begin to function again.
If you continue to experience electrical problems and the above two suggestions to not restore power to your air conditioner, you may want to perform a visual inspection of the unit itself. Check to see if you can spot any broken, chewed, or disconnected wires especially if this is the first time you are using it for the season. If upon inspection you do notice damages, it might be best to contact your local HVAC company to come and perform a professional inspection so they can provide you with the best solution.
Still no power? Read on, because when your air conditioner won't turn on it might be related to your thermostat.
2. Malfunctioning thermostat
The thermostat is responsible for telling your AC unit when to turn on and off. If it’s not working properly, your unit may not be getting the signal it needs to start up or may be turning off prematurely.
In order for a thermostat to function it requires a power source. Older model thermostats were hardwired into your homes electricity. With the advent of new digital thermostats this is not always the case, most of these modern components run on battery power. Make sure to check that the batteries are operational and if necessary replace them.
Once power is restored to your thermostat your air conditioner should be able to receive signals from the thermostat again and will turn on the unit so you can restore cooling to your home.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Want to get the most out of your air conditioning? Keep it in tip top shape with these cleaning suggestions that help optimize airflow, saving you on your energy and maintenance bills.
3. Dirty filters
Air Conditioning units rely on clean filters to function properly. If the filters become clogged with dirt, dust, and debris, it can cause the unit to work harder than necessary and even breakdown. It good air conditioner maintenance to replace your furnace filters every 90 days.
Keep in mind that your air conditioning unit uses the same ductwork and fans as your furnace does, the filters inside your furnace are no exception. Your air conditioner uses the same filters, this is why it is important to stick to the 90 day rule of thumb for filter replacements.
4. Dirty Air Ducts
If you are finding that not enough cooled air is being circulated through your space, it might be time to clean your air ducts. Dust and debris can build up over time reducing the air flow through your home.
5. Dirty Condenser Coil
The condenser coil (see picture located above) is located on your outdoor unit and is prone to dirt and debris. The air conditioner condenser coil is responsible for removing the heat from the building and discharging it outdoors.
Not enough cooling can be a sign of a having dirty coils that can lead to reduced cooling, making the unit work harder adding to the wear and tear on your system. At the beginning of air conditioning season it is recommended to properly clean your unit to have it working at peak performance.
Ask us about our annual Spring tune up package for your air conditioner today! Have the professionals do your maintenance, and give yourself peace of mind knowing your unit will be properly service and maintained by your local trusted HVAC Company in Winnipeg.
Looking to save on your energy bill?
Read on for some of the most common solutions to reduce your energy bill
6. Leaky Ducts
If your ducts are leaking, cooled air will escape before it can reach your living space. This can not only lead to an uncomfortable home environment but can also increase your energy costs.
Keep in mind that your ducts run behind your walls, through ceilings, attics and crawl spaces. You might always see where there could be a leak in your ducting system and may require professional assistance.
7. Improper Operation
One of the top air conditioning problems can be caused by improper operation.
One of the major contributing factors to not enough cool air, is that there is a window or door open somewhere.
I know this one sounds obvious, but can be a simple solution. Having all your windows and doors shut will cool your home more efficiently and can save you money on your energy bills.
8. Wrong size air conditioner
If you purchase an AC unit that' too small for your home, it won't be able to cool the space adequately. Conversely, if you buy an AC unit that's too big, it will cycle on and off frequently which can lead to increase energy cost and potential damage to the AC unit.
Air Conditioner Repairs
At times the solution is not always a simple one, especially if it involves strange noises. Read on to find out what the noise might mean and when its time to contact your local HVAC Company.
9. Malfunctioning Compressor
The compressor is the heart of your air conditioning unit and if it goes out, the entire system will likely fail. Symptoms of a malfunctioning compressor include poor cooling performance, strange noises coming from the unit (usually a loud humming noise), and increased energy bills.
If you notice a loud humming noise coming from your AC unit, it’s best to turn it off to avoid further damage to your unit and call your local HVAC company in Winnipeg to have a professional service your air conditioning unit .
10. Noisy Fan
You air conditioning unit uses a couple of fans, one for the condenser coil to transport heat from the building to the outdoors, and the other fan is for the evaporator coil that cools the air that is then returned into your home to cool it.
A noisy air conditioner can mean a noisy fan. This can be caused by debris built up causing an obstruction to the fan, there could be worn belts that need replacing, or it could be that the bearings are starting to wear out. If upon visual inspection you don’t notice any obstructions, it’s time to contact a local HVAC company to have a professional come out to service your AC unit.
Many of the common air conditioning issues can be prevented by regularly inspecting your air conditioning.
Routine maintenance of your air conditioner in Winnipeg can keep your air conditioning system operating at its peak performance. Ask us about our Winnipeg air conditioning maintenance packages.
If you’re experiencing any of the above problems or unsure how to resolve them, it’s time for an AC tune-up from a trusted HVAC Company! Contact our team today at Abstract Heating and we will help you get your AC unit back up and running in no time.
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