During the hotter summer months, having a reliable air conditioning unit can make all the difference between being comfortable, especially at night while you’re sleep or being uncomfortable, and sticking to your bed sheets with sweat all night.
With that said, it’s not usually until we have a problem that we discover just how much we rely on our home air conditioning units.
That’s why it’s crucial to know how to troubleshoot and possibly even repair your air conditioning when you first start to notice something is wrong.
Water Leaks Indoors
The last thing any of us wants is to discover a water leak indoors coming from your air conditioning unit.
But if you have uncovered a mess of water in your home coming from the A.C. unit, there’s a good chance that the air conditioner’s condensate drain is clogged.
In fact, dirt, debris and dust can often become trapped by moisture in certain parts of your unit. Over time, as more debris collects, it can eventually block the condensate drain, which can cause a backup of water into your home.
Here are a few signs the condensate drain in your unit could be clogged.
- Your air conditioning unit doesn’t turn on (or shuts off while in use).
- The AC system isn’t able to adequately cool your home
- You find standing water near the unit
- Water damaged areas near the unit in your home
- A mouldy or musty smell is noticed around the vents/registers of your home or near your unit
AC Unit Won’t Cool
One of the most common, and inconvenient problems we see with AC units is when they stop cooling a home as much as they once did.
Of course, there are a number of reasons why an air conditioner might fail to cool properly, but most often, this is caused by dirty or faulty condenser coils, which prevent the unit from being able to properly produce cool air and sweat off any excess heat.
Dirty condenser coils
Your unit’s condenser coils are typically only accessible on outdoor AC units, which leaves them exposed to debris, dirt, and the other elements.
Over time, if these are not regularly cleaned, debris will naturally start to build up on the coils, which can cause the system to work less efficiently.
This is because, when debris is covering your condenser coils, it makes the air conditioner work harder to produce coil air and to disperse hot air.
Here are a few signs your unit may have dirty condenser coils:
High Energy Bills
Your Home Doesn’t Cool Properly
AC Wear And Tear
As your system continues to cool your home, the debris on your unit makes it harder for the machine to work efficiently. And because the system starts working harder to compensate for your dirty, clogged up coils, your monthly electricity bills will likely reflect that.
So if you’ve noticed a spike in your electricity costs and aren’t sure why, it might be time to call in a professional service technician to take a look at your AC unit.
Other times, if your air conditioning unit has dirty condenser coils, the heat isn’t adequately removed from the unit, which is what causes it to work harder. In other words, with the dirt and debris covering the coils, it becomes more difficult to transfer the heat to the outside air.
So when your condenser coils are due for a servicing, you’ll often notice that your home doesn’t cool down as quickly when you first turn your system on. Alternatively, the unit will usually have trouble regulating your home’s internal temperature, which means that it will run more often than necessary.
When the unit must continuously work harder than normal, it can add a lot of extra strain on the unit’s internal parts. In turn, this increases your odds of running into a breakdown.
So, any time you notice that your AC isn’t working properly or won’t turn on, don’t hesitate to contact a professional repair technician before things get worse.
Located inside the unit itself is the air conditioner fan, which helps prevent the unit from overheating during usage.
Therefore, if the fan is broken or not working for whatever reason, it may prevent your AC from working properly.
To visually inspect for troubles with the fan, start by turning off power to the unit at your home’s main electrical panel. Then, take a look through the vents of your exterior unit for any signs of damage.
If the fan blades are bent or broken, it may result in the fan not being able to start, a loud rattling noise when the fan is on, or a slowed rotation of the blades. Regardless, it’s important to ensure that the fan is running properly, as it is a crucial component that helps your AC unit work efficiently.
Having a properly functioning air conditioner starts with the thermostat. After all, if the control isn’t working properly, it can get uncomfortably hot within your home real quick.
To troubleshoot your thermostat, always start by replacing the batteries with the device. Many times, a fresh set of batteries are all the panel needs to function properly. However, if the device is broken or needs repair, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a professional AC repair company today.