A home’s air conditioning system is an essential appliance that is used most especially in extremely warm temperatures, so we feel frustrated if it suddenly malfunctions or breakdown without warning. It is important to be equipped with the right knowledge and skills in handling air conditioning problems when they arise, leaving the hard part to the pro, and just ensuring that you know the basic warning signs of an impending AC major problem. Allow us to share with you through this article the warning signs you should check in your air conditioning unit to prevent the occurrence of major AC problems.
If your air conditioning unit is not blowing cold air, it is possible that it needs recharging of refrigerant, which is a chemical inside your AC unit to help cool the air. The refrigerant level of your air conditioning may decline because of a leak, and this problem must also be addressed aside from recharging a refrigerant to your AC. It will not make sense recharging refrigerant to your air conditioning unit without fixing the leak, so you have to contact a professional HVAC repair specialist to inspect your AC. The condensation process of your AC condenser takes hot gaseous vapors and cools turning it into liquid. The heat moves through the coils and released into the air, so your air conditioning unit won’t cool properly if your condenser is not running properly. Befre you rip your AC apart, it is important to check the thermostat to ensure it is turned on, then set the temperature setting lower than the room’s temperature. Check any debris blocking your AC condenser if adjusting the thermostat does not do the trick. Since your air conditioning unit’s condenser is located outside, sticks, leaves, rocks, and other types of debris may get inside the cabinet causing damage of components, so it is important to clean the condenser to help resolve the problem. While it is true that you can DIY cleaning your condenser unit, it is best to leave it to a real HVAC technician most especially if you don’t have a basic knowledge of HVAC inner workings.
A dirty air filter may cause the repeated shutting on and off of your air conditioning unit because air flow is restricted, so you need to clean the air filter. You can remove the air filter, and clean using soapy water or vacuum, then allow it to dry completely. You need to also empty the water tank if it is full to prevent your air conditioner from shutting off and on. Contact an air conditioning technician as soon as possible if you hear strange sounds and smell strange odors because these are telltale signs of major AC problem.