As humans, to have some peace of mind, we want everything around us to be perfect. This applies even to the HVAC systems in our homes. With the summer just around the corner, you want to ensure the air conditioning system is operating just fine. But sometimes, we are not sure how the AC unit really works. It seems to be working fine, or it is malfunctioning a little bit, but you just want to make sure that there are no underlying problems that may come up at the most critical moment – when you really need it to be working.
To ensure that there are no major problems with your AC, you need to know how to troubleshoot it. This is the only way you would know if the unit is functioning as it should, and that it is not on the verge of a breakdown. The not so fortunate aspect of this issue is the fact that not everyone knows how to troubleshoot an AC unit. But don’t worry, that’s why we are here.
Of course, when an AC unit malfunctions, the best thing to do is to call an AC technician to come to check it out. Nevertheless, there are some problems that you might be able to fix by yourself. They include the following:
When your AC fails to turn on – when your cooling system fails to turn on, take the following steps before you decide to involve a technician:
When your AC unit is not cooling – once your unit turns on, but fails to cool your home down, then in this case you may be dealing with a clogged condenser, filter, or improper thermostat settings. So, what you should do is:
When your AC is inefficient – we both know that for an AC unit to be efficient, it needs regular maintenance. But what if you do all these and still notice that the unit is inefficient, and it doesn’t cool your home as it should be doing? Well, then you should conduct the following checks:
Resetting your AC unit
Some issues with your AC – such as a black-out or power surge or an engaged circuit breaker – requires you to reset your thermostat. So:
If, after this procedure, your AC still won’t turn on, then the problem you are dealing with is bigger and will require the intervention of a qualified AC technician.
Talking of a reset button, it is important to note that not all AC units have a reset button. That means that in these units, you will have to reboot the unit manually, through the thermostat. Here is how it is done:
As we conclude, even though some of these issues can be fixed by the homeowners themselves, there is still significant importance in informing an AC technician about the problem, just to be on the safe side. So, if you suspect the problem with your unit is a bit deeper, call for help. This is for the safety and longevity of your air conditioning system.