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Common A/C Problems

September 14, 2015

Common A/C Problems

To keep you and your loved ones comfortable throughout the summer, its important to understand the common problems which can affect your air conditioning system.  Even if you can’t fix the problem yourself, understanding how to troubleshoot and when to call in the professionals is a pivotal first step.  Here are a few common A/C problems you may encounter and some tips on how to resolve them.

A/C isn’t blowing cool air.

If your air conditioner begins to blow warm air, the first place you should check is the condenser.  A condenser which is clogged by dirt, leaves, or other debris can keep your air conditioning unit from being able to cool the air in your home.  If after inspecting and cleaning your condenser, if your A/C is still blowing warm air, it may be time to call the professionals.  This could be a sign of a defective compressor or a refrigerant leak, which would require the attention of a trained HVAC technician.

A/C is leaking water.

If you begin to notice a leak or pool of water around your air conditioning unit, it can mean a couple of things.  First, there could be an issue with your system’s drainage which is causing it to overflow and leak.  This can usually be resolved by passing a wire through the drain channels to remove clogs or by rinsing the drainage system with bleach water to clear the system of potential mold blockages.  A leaky A/C may also be the result of faulty installation.  Simply tilting the unit to a level position may keep it from leaking.  As always, if the problem persists, you should contact a trusted HVAC specialist.

A/C won’t turn on.

If you are having trouble turning on the A/C, the first step is to check the power source.  If your air conditioner is properly plugged in and still not receiving power, you should test the outlet by plugging in another appliance.  If the outlet is not receiving any power, turn to the circuit breaker.  If the A/C is in fact receiving power and still will not turn on, there could be an underlying issue with the thermostat, wiring, compressor, control board, or selector.  At this point, you should contact a professional to locate the source of the problem and provide an effective solution.

If the A/C repeatedly turns off and on.

If you find your air conditioner is turning off and on repeatedly, it may be a result of dirty components within your system.  A clogged condenser unit or dirty evaporator can make it difficult for your system to run smoothly and efficiently.  Usually, giving your entire A/C a cleaning will take care of this issue.  This is something you can do at home if you have a basic understanding of the A/C unit and the proper cleaning materials on hand.  However, if you are unsure about proper cleaning methods or if the problem continues, you should not hesitate to contact a HVAC professional.

Often, the safest and most effective option is to contact your trusted local HVAC specialists.  Climate Tech Air Conditioning and Heating has been fulfilling this role for more than 10 years.  Our technicians understand firsthand how important effective climate control is year-round in North Texas, but especially in the hot summer months.  Give us a call today for effective A/C care, friendly service, and the peace of mind which comes with the service of an experienced and dependable HVAC provider.

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