Why's It So Hot? 3 Common Air Conditioning Problems

The weather may be cool right now, but it's not going to stay that way forever. The warm weather will soon be here, which means you'll need your air conditioner to be at the top of its game. Unfortunately, even with pre-season maintenance, you could still end up with air conditioner problems this summer. Now's the time to prepare yourself for the inevitable AC problems. Here are three common air conditioner problems. If you encounter any of the problems listed below, be sure to contact your HVAC technician.

AC Stops Running

If your air conditioner stops running this summer, you may be looking at an electrical problem. The first thing you should do is check your electrical circuit board. Overuse may have caused the circuit to trip. Open your circuit board and locate the breaker assigned to your air conditioner. Flip the circuit to the "off" position and leave it off for about a minute. Flip the circuit to the "on" position, and try turning your air conditioner back on. If the air conditioner doesn't come back on, or the breaker shuts off again, you'll need to have your unit looked at by a technician.

AC Running but Not Cooling

If your air conditioner is running, but there's no cool air, you may have a problem with the filter or the coils. First, open the filter compartment and check the filter. If the filter is dirty, you'll need to replace it as soon as possible. A dirty filter can prevent cool air from flowing through the ducts. Once you've changed the filter, you'll want to check the coils. Pay close attention to the pipes that run from the coils to the house. If you see ice deposits on the coils or pipes, turn the air conditioner off and allow the ice to thaw. Turn the air conditioner back on. If you still can't feel cool air, you should contact your repair technician.

AC Making Strange Noises

If your air conditioner is making strange noises, especially buzzing or humming noises, your capacitor may be jammed. Look inside the main air conditioning unit and locate the blades. If the engine is buzzing, but the blades aren't spinning, the capacitor isn't working properly. Turn the air conditioner off and grab a broom. With the air conditioner off, place the broom handle against the blades and move them around. Remove the broom handle and turn the air conditioner back on. If the blades still won't move, it's time to talk to a repair technician.

Summer will soon be here, and so will the hot weather. Use the information provided here to identify problems with your air conditioner. If Your AC continues to break down, you should talk to an HVAC company like Pristine Air Conditioning Corp about replacement options.