2 Common Air Conditioning Problems

Posted on: 27 December 2014

As the temperatures rise, you depend on your air conditioning unit more and more. If the unit stops working, it can cause the temperature inside of your home to soar. Getting your unit fixed is probably at the top of your to-do list. Even though annual maintenance might be one of the best methods for catching problems like these, you can easily troubleshoot some of the more common repairs your unit might need. See if one of these things is to blame.

The unit isn't delivering the right amount of cooling power.

How many times have you walked into your home and felt warmer than what you would like? You might think that it has something to do with how warm it was outside, but that isn't always the case. Start off by turning the thermostat down a few degrees to see if that gets your home to the desired temperature. It can take a few hours for the changes to take effect. However, if your home is still warm later on, you might need a larger unit to handle the size of your home.

To determine what size unit you need for your home, you have to look at the size and shape of the rooms in the home. If the room is square, you take the width and length and multiply them together. Triangle shaped rooms are determined differently. Depending on whether there is a lot of shade in the home, how many people occupy the space and so on, you might need to adjust the BTUs needed accordingly. For example, a home with 2,400 square feet is going to need a unit that has 34,000 BTUs. Make sure to discuss your needs with a licensed HVAC technician to make sure you are on the same page.

The condenser doesn't seem to be operating correctly.

Does the condenser unit power on? If not, you might want to start by checking to see if it has power going to it or not. It might be something as simple as a circuit that got tripped or a fuse that blew. After you restore power to the unit, try restarting the unit. If that doesn't solve your issue, try to adjust the thermostat even more. The first thing you should do is try replacing the fuse to see if that corrects the problem. Make sure the circuit didn't get tripped when the unit was cycling on or off. When changing out the fuse, adjusting the thermostat and checking the circuits doesn't correct your problem, it's time to call in a professional to look at the motor and see if it needs to be replaced.

Anytime your unit starts acting up, you want to get someone out to your home to take a look at it for you. The technician like one from Atlantic Heating and Cooling can get to the root of the problem and get you back up and running quickly.