Although two-thirds of all homes in the U.S. have air conditioners, that doesn’t mean every AC unit runs smoothly 100% of the time. Now that the warmer months are almost upon us, you’ll need to make sure that your residential cooling system is in fighting shape for the summer. Before it gets as hot as Hades, be sure to check for the following problems and call for AC service and repair to keep your home cool.
PROBLEM: My residential air conditioning won’t turn on!
The reason for this issue could be something like a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. In those cases, the fix will be pretty easy. But bearing that there are no electrical issues in your home, the cause could be a faulty thermostat, an incorrect setting, or an issue with the condensate drain line. An engagement of the emergency shut-off switch could be to blame, too. If you’ve explored most of the easy fix options yourself, you’ll want to call your AC service and repair company to take an in-depth look at your unit and thermostat.
PROBLEM: My AC is cycling for way too long!
While you want a comfortable house, there can be too much of a good thing. If your AC unit is cycling for too long and it making your home uncomfortably cool — even though you’ve set it at a reasonable temperature — it could be due to the setup of the room. If your thermostat is positioned in a particularly sunny spot, for example, it’ll actually register an incorrect temperature for the room and will make your AC unit work harder to cool it. Your thermostat will also pick up heat from lamps and even television sets positioned nearby, so make sure that your decor won’t lead to an incorrect reading.
A constantly running unit can be caused by other factors, though. It could be an issue with the evaporator coil, refrigerant, or clogged air filter. Ducts, condensers, or even faulty thermostats could also be the root cause. Since there are a number of possibilities, you may want to call your air conditioning company to get a definitive diagnosis.
PROBLEM: The air conditioning is inconsistent throughout my home!
You should be able to experience fairly consistent temperatures throughout your house. If some rooms are markedly hotter or colder than others, it’s possible you’ve got an HVAC problem on your hands. It could indicate leaky or clogged ducts, pest problems, an improperly sized unit, or poor insulation overall. While not every one of these root causes can be addressed by your AC service and repair company, some can be fixed quickly to restore temperature consistency in most rooms.
It’s not always easy to assess the reasons for an improperly functioning air conditioner. Fortunately, you don’t have to do all that work yourself. Be sure to contact the professionals if you’re experiencing any of the issues listed above — or if you haven’t yet scheduled your yearly HVAC inspection!