Your air conditioner should work properly throughout the summer, but if it doesn’t don’t worry. You may have one of several common air conditioner problems that, in most cases, can be fixed simply. Here’s a quick explanation for three of the most common problems.
Your AC Isn’t Cooling Your Home Properly
On a hot and humid summer day in Charlotte, NC, the last thing you want is an AC unit that doesn’t cool your home properly. If you’re faced with this problem, the cause could be a dirty evaporator coil. Excess dirt and debris in the evaporator coil can restrict airflow and diminish your unit’s cooling ability. To fix the problem, the evaporator will need to be carefully cleaned before any improvement in cooling is noticed.
The Condenser Isn’t Running
The condenser serves an important role in removing heat from the air conditioning unit to facilitate cooling. If you notice that it isn’t running, there could be three reasons why:
- Electricity: If the problem is electrical, the unit may not be plugged in, a fuse may have blown, or the circuit breaker may have tripped. If the electrical issue is more complex, contact an HVAC professional who specializes in residential electrical repair.
- Thermostat: If the AC thermostat is on the wrong setting, the condenser won’t run. You can test this by lowering the thermostat by five degrees to see if the condenser turns on.
- Compressor or Motor: If the problem isn’t electrical or thermostat-related, you may have a faulty compressor or motor. In this case, you should call a professional immediately for help.
Your AC is Leaking Water
When running, your air conditioner produces a lot of condensation. But if you notice that water is dripping or pooling around the unit, you may have a problem. The issue could be a leak in one of the plastic pipes that carry condensation, something blocking the water flow, or a faulty condensate pump. In every case, you’ll need professional help to determine the source of the leak and correct the problem.