Here are some air conditioning repair techniques you can try to save money. Keeping your air conditioning system in good repair is a sure fire way to save energy and money. It will also increase the odds that, when you need it at a critical time, your air conditioner will be there for you.
Water Leaks– There is several things you can check if your air conditioner is leaking water:
*Check to see if the condensation pump is connected to an outlet that is working.
*Test the condensation pump to see if it is working by pouring water in the collector. This should start the pump, if it doesn’t it usually means it is stuck or broken.
*If the pump is running but the pan doesn’t empty it may mean the check valve is stuck or obstructed.
*There may be a tube that is blocked by ice. Check your filters and clean or change them if needed. If they are o.k. then most likely your refrigerant is low. You will need to have an air conditioning repair contractor recharge the unit.
Unit Cools Poorly– There are a few issues that could be the cause of your air conditioner cooling poorly:
*If the unit’s blower isn’t moving air then it could be that the belt that connects the blower to the motor is broken.
*The unit needs cleaning in order to receive good air flow.
*The coolant needs recharging. In this case, as mentioned above, you will need to get a professional to recharge the unit.
Unit is Noisy– There are several things to look for when trying to solve an issue with a noisy unit:
*If the unit uses a direct-drive blower and is making a grinding or squealing noise, most likely the problem is with the bearings. The unit should be shut off and you should call an air conditioning repair technician to fix the problem.
*If the unit is older it most likely is a belt-drive blower. Squealing noise from the unit could mean the belt that connects the blower to the motor is slipping, worn out, or mis-aligned.
*If you hear rattling from the furnace as it is running make sure to check the cover panels and tighten them if they are loose.
*Popping or pinging noises coming from the metal ductwork could be caused by air blowing loose metal or thermal expansion. Many ducts are metal and can be noisy from air blowing throughout your house. Flexible insulation ductwork can be installed between your metal ductwork and your unit
Unit Doesn’t Work– First make sure your thermostat is set to “Cool” not “Heat”. If the unit won’t go on automatically when your thermostat shows that it should be cooling then either your thermostat isn’t working properly or your unit may not be getting electrical power. If all checks out and is o.k. then try the following:
*Check that the furnace power switch is on. Check that the condenser power switch hasn’t been turned off.
*Check for a blown fuse or tripped breaker and reset the breaker or replace blown fuse if needed.
Calling a Professional
You may prefer to call a qualified air conditioning repair professional to inspect and make necessary repairs to your air conditioning unit. For peace of mind and a comfortable home call Therma Tech Inc for all of your air conditioning needs.