Do you remember how your air conditioning was performing at the end of last year’s hot weather? Did you notice signs it was putting out less cool air or other warning signals that the system might be failing? How will it perform when the first hot days arrive this year? Maybe a service call or repair is needed.
Don’t push your luck by avoiding needed maintenance or repairs. A complex air conditioner needs trained technicians to get to the bottom of any current or impending failures. Getting caught off guard can add up in expenses, and compromise the comfort of you and your family.
What to do if Your Air Conditioner Suddenly Stops Working
This can certainly be a cause for alarm, but on the other hand, it could be something simple, such as a tripped circuit breaker. Next, even if sounds silly, lower your thermostat about ten more degrees temporarily to see if that does the trick. It could be your thermostat is malfunctioning. But say this is not the cause.
If your air conditioner is on and set properly, but it is still not putting out cool air, this could be due to a variety of reasons. Maybe you have a problem with the coolant charge or a frozen evaporator coil. Take a look at the outdoor unit and see if there is frost on it. If so, turn it off and give us a call.
In some situations, a unit may not be sized properly for your home. Even if it worked last year in keeping your home cool enough, on very hot days it may not have the capacity to keep up. For example, the average system should be able to keep up a 20-25 degree difference between the indoor and outdoor temperature. If improperly sized, the system won’t be equipped to keep your home at 68º inside, if it is 98º outside.
Keeping your Air Conditioning System Clean and Maintained
Another problem can arise if you have a dirty or blocked condenser. Be sure to remove weeds and debris from around the unit and brush off things like airborne dandelion or ragweed bits that can be blocking the flow of air.
And we can never stress enough the importance of keeping your filters clean or replaced. A clogged filter will put a great strain on the A/C system, even causing eventual breakdown.
Here is a practical check list:
- Clean the coils
- Change your filter
- Maintain and clean coil fins
- Remove debris from drain channels
- Brush off the unit and remove weeds from around it
During the winter months you can cover your air conditioning system to reduce how much dirt and debris settles on it. Additionally, by covering your unit you reduce the possibility of moisture negatively impacting it.
When you start up your system this spring, listen for odd sounds and temperature fluctuations, along with the things we’ve mentioned above.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure’
is a saying that goes way back. Our grandfathers valued this principle, and during hard times they became very creative at fixing and maintaining their equipment. This is not to say that you should get yourself entangled in the repairs involving your modern-day complex HVAC system, but it does mean that avoiding the inevitable maintenance needed could cost you that ‘pound’ in the long run.
Do you feel that your A/C is ready for the approaching hot temperatures? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to give your system a spring tune-up and answer any questions you may have. Call us at 952-472-2665 or Contact Us.