Imagine this scenario…you’re sitting at home on a lovely summer day, enjoying your air conditioning. Next thing you know, however, things start to get a little less comfortable inside your home. The temperature outside is climbing and so is the temperature inside the house. By the time the sun is at its peak, your home is boiling hot. What went wrong? Here are some of the most common air conditioning issues we face in the summer.
- Capacitor Issues – If your air conditioner is going through the motions, making all of the noises it is supposed to make, but not producing air, it may be time to check the fan on the outdoor unit. Is it spinning? If not, you may have a blown capacitor. There is actually a pretty simple way to check for this issue. If you know where the capacitor is located, take a quick look at it. If the top is no longer flat, then the capacitor has failed. Contact your HVAC service person for a quick repair.
- Unit Freezing – This could be any number of things, but one of the simplest fixes often comes by replacing your filter. A dirty filter can cause your AC unit to freeze. It is important that you don’t continue to allow it to freeze up, as it can seriously damage the unit. Turn the air conditioning off and allow the fan to run for a quick defrost. Replace the filter and complete the defrosting process and then turn your unit back on. If the freezing continues, you’ll want to consult a professional, as more serious issues may exist.
- Leaking Unit – If you’re noticing pooling water on the floor surrounding your air handler, there is usually some cause for concern. It’s not normal for the unit to leak and usually indicates a problem with the drain pipes. While this is a problem many people can solve themselves, it is better remedied by your HVAC professional. They have the equipment to clean out the drain pipes.
There is little than can be considered more unpleasant that a sweltering day without air conditioning, but don’t sweat it! We can help you with your air conditioning issues. Contact us today.