Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.
The air conditioning unit in your home may be running but if it is not running, but to keep it running its best means maintaining it throughout the year. An air conditioning unit without proper care will be more apt to breakdown and require repair. Here are some of the most common repairs for residential air conditioning units.
One of the most common and overlooked parts of the air conditioner is the air filter on the cold air return. The filter is responsible for removing dust and dirt from the air before it gets into the air conditioner, but if it is neglected, the filter can become clogged with dirt and dust, chocking off the air to the AC unit. If that happens, the air conditioner will shut down to avoid damage. The simple solution is to check the filter regularly and change it when needed. This is a breakdown that you can prevent by changing the filter before it becomes so dirty that the air can't pass through it.
Another situation that can occur is a problem with the thermostat. While this may not be related to maintenance, the thermostat can fail if it is dirty or dusty inside. Take the cover off and dust it regularly to ensure it is clean and working correctly. The thermostat can also be affected by the sun shining on it, installing it not level, and if it is not getting power to it. If the thermostat is not working and you have checked all of these things, call an air conditioning repair company to have them come out and investigate further.
Drain Line Problems
Air conditioners condense water, and there is always some amount of dripping that occurs. Because of this, there is a pan and drain line under the unit. If that drain line fills up with dust and dirt, the line will not drain properly, and the pan can fill with water. Eventually, the water will run over and can damage some of the components inside the air conditioner. While it is not something easy for the homeowner to clean, the drain line is checked and cleaned during routine air conditioner maintenance. Having the unit serviced on a regular schedule can help to avoid these kinds of problems.
In many cases, the air condition not running is not a case of a faulty unit, but it could be a bad breaker in the breaker panel. If your air conditioner stops running abruptly, check the breakers and see if the air conditioner breaker is tripped off. If it is, you can reset it, but if it keeps tripping, you should have the AC unit checked because there may be a fault causing it or the breaker itself may be faulty.