Most of todays air conditioners are designed to offer up to 20 years of use. But even the most reliable of air conditioners and central air units may stop cooling or suffer from problems.
One of the best ways to prevent unexpected A/C problems is to have regular maintenance performed on your unit. Home comfort systems need to be regularly maintained to optimize their efficiency and safety. A regular checkup and adjustment will keep the system operating longer and save you money on your utility bills. Horsch & Miller can tailor a maintenance program for you with anywhere from one- to three-year plans to keep your equipment running efficiently and virtually trouble-free.
Some of the most common AC problems are listed below, and they may even be the reason why your air conditioning unit won’t kick on.
Common AC problems can be frustrating. However, there’s nothing more frustrating than when your air conditioner won’t turn on. Here are some common causes of serious AC problems. Unfortunaly, You will need to consult with a professional technician in order to address most of these problems.
- Wiring problems: Problems with the wiring in your unit or the wiring that runs from your unit to an outlet are one of the leading causes of air conditioner breakdowns. It’s a good idea to check the breakers in your house’s power box and adjacent outlets to ensure that the problem lies with the air conditioner and not other electrical components.
- Icy buildup: If ice collects of your condenser coils or other portions of your unit, the AC may not turn on or may not cool air efficiently. The unit must be dethawed and all ice must be removed before it will operate properly.
- Faulty motors: In most cases, your A/C unit will shut down entirely if its motor is faulty. You will need to decide if your motor can be repaired or if it must be replaced.
- Faulty compressors: Problems with your compressor may cause your A/C unit to shut down. Keeping your compressor clean can help to prevent these problems.
- Dirty evaporators, filters or condenser: Dirt and buildup in an A/C system is one of the leading causes of breakdowns. Be sure to have your unit serviced on a regular basis to prevent these problems. If your unit has filters, they should be changed according to the manufacturer’s schedule.
- Refrigerant shortages: If your A/C unit doesn’t have enough refrigerant, it may not turn on or may not operate correctly. You should always have a professional technician check refrigerant levels and change these fluids.
- Faulty thermostats: Be sure to eliminate the possibility that your unit won’t turn on because your thermostat is faulty. If you suspect that your thermostat is bad, try turning the A/C on from the main unit. If the unit will turn on manually, you are likely suffering from a thermostat problem.