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Air Conditioning Tips: How to Troubleshoot a Failed AC Unit
For most scenarios, air conditioning system repairs follow a handful of typical troubleshooting steps. If you would like one of our Andover air conditioning technicians to help you get your AC unit running again, give Air Mechanical Inc for assistance. We can also send someone to your home if we can’t get your system working again. Here are some basic steps to try before you call for a repair.
Check All Controls and Fuses
When your air conditioner won’t cool your home properly, always check the thermostat to see if it is on “cool” and set for the right temperature. If the air conditioner has shut down, check to make sure that the unit is receiving power by looking in the fuse box for a flipped circuit breaker and also making sure it is plugged in properly. You can also inspect the visible wires and electrical components for obvious damages. Call a TOWN NAME air conditioning technician if you see physical damage to the electrical components. Never try to fix this yourself. Sometimes when there’s extreme weather conditions in the summer, such as very high temperatures or high humidity levels, the high-pressure switch can get flipped and turn off the air conditioner. You can easily find the switch on most AC models in the compressor’s access panel. Check your owner’s manual or call us if you don’t know how to locate or reset the limit switch.
Check for Refrigerant Problems or Condensate Pan Leaks
Refrigerant problems caused by the wrong amount of refrigerant can keep the AC unit from cooling your home properly, and you can usually tell if there’s a refrigerant issue by looking for frost or icing on the evaporator coil. When there’s excess coil icing, it means that there isn’t enough cool air being delivered to your home. If you see thick frost on the evaporator coil, a technician will most likely need to charge the refrigerant, or there could be a leak in the refrigerant line. Condensate leaks into the condensate pan can also cause an air conditioner to fail. The condensate drip pan is installed underneath the air handler to catch condensate leaks if the drain system gets clogged. Most of the time, a small clog in the drain line can be easily cleared. Also check the condensate switch for issues; sometimes these can be defective and cause your air conditioner to shut down. At Mechanical Air Inc, we want to be the only Andover air conditioning contractor you’ll ever need. Call us any time to get troubleshooting advice for your AC system.
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