How To Troubleshoot Your Air Conditioner

Air conditioning units are very much sought after especially throughout summertime when it gets very humid. It can get difficult to rest at night when the temperature rises beyond comfort. But like other home appliances, they can easily break down because of excessive use. Below are ways on how to troubleshoot your air conditioner.

Step 1

If you want to troubleshoot your air conditioner you need to find the best, surest and simplest ways to fix most overlooked problems. If your air conditioner is not working, this is the first step. If your AC is not turning on, you need to check on the thermostat. You may find out that the thermostat as been turned off or even set at a very low temperature that cannot allow your AC to turn on. You must also ensure that your electrical breaker hasn’t been tripped. At this point, you can trip the breaker on and off again to ensure that is in the ON position. There are several good air conditioner troubleshooting charts that can be found online.

Step 2

This is where you inspect the condition of the blower unit to ensure that it is in good working condition. At this point, you check whether the AC is producing excess air flow in the dwelling. The unit is perfectly located in the main AC housing outside of your house and looks exactly like a hamster wheel. Clean the blower unit and check if there is any damaged or bent blade. Any bent or damaged blades can cause inconvenience and ineffectiveness. If you find that you need to buy parts for your air conditioner, you can enter your model and serial number into some websites, and search for parts for the most common repair problems.

Check the duct system that comes from the AC to the vent in your house. These ducts are mostly located at the basement or attic. Ensure that there is no kink, pinched or disconnected duct. Depending on the condition of the AC filter, you can either decide to clean or replace every month. A clogged or a dirty filter will affect the air flow. This is why they require regular maintenance. This AC filter is perfectly located along the duct that returns air form home to the AC.

Step 3

This is a very important step if you want to effectively troubleshoot your air conditioner. Check whether your condenser fan is properly functioning. If it is not functioning, you can try spin the fan by your hand. The AC blades should spin on their own for 5-10 seconds. If blades do not spin on their own, there must be something wrong with the bearings and you’ll be required to replace the motor. Some manufacturers also have troubleshooting guides online for their specific air conditioner models.

Step 4

If your AC’s air isn’t cold enough, you can turn on the unit ad allow the unit to run for 10-15 minutes. Shut the unit off and go to AC unit and locate the copper suction line. Feel the line with your hand, the line should be ice cold. If the suction line is not cold, your system may require more refrigerant. You can contact an expert who can repair and install all the necessary refrigerants and seal all air conditioner leaks. He must be a reputable and a licensed air conditioning repair contractor.

Step 5

It is at this step where you should open the AC housing and check if the compressor and fan are functioning/running. The compressor is found in the main AC and looks like a round canister with a tubing coming out. If the fan is running and the compressor is not, air must be flowing via your home’s vent and it won’t be cold. If the compressor is hot and not running, this means the compressor has broken down, and you require a professional.