It can be pretty miserable trying to get through the summer without a working air conditioner. Whether you have a central air or window unit, it's important that you keep a close eye on things as the weather begins to get warmer in order to ensure that you and your family will not be put into a difficult situation. That said, if you do notice the start of a problem, here are some tips that might be able to help.
There's Not Enough Air Coming Out of the Unit or the Vents
If you put your hand up to your window unit or up to the vents that your central A/C is supposed to be pumping cooled air through and it doesn't seem like enough air is coming out, it's time to investigate. Significantly reduced airflow could be the sign of a dirty air conditioner unit or another problem. Start by cleaning your unit inside and out and changing the air filter. If this doesn't fix it, chances are you might have a problem with either your air conditioner blower or there could be a leak or other issues with the condenser coils.
Your Air Conditioner Keeps Turning On and Off
You just kind of expect your air conditioner to turn on when needed and shut down automatically when the house is properly cooled. But what happens if you notice that your air conditioner is cycling on and off repeatedly? There are a couple of different things to check here. You may want to start with the condenser coils and the evaporator. Any kind of obstruction or blockage could make it difficult for these parts to do their job. The unit will turn on because it knows the temperature is too high but then will shut down again because the internal parts aren't functioning properly. The cycle usually then repeats itself. It's also possible there could be an issue with your automated thermostat if repeated cycling occurs.
Your Air Conditioner Doesn't Do Anything
Of course, one of the worst possible feelings as a homeowner is when you go to turn the air conditioner on during a hot day and are met with absolute silence. If your air conditioner was working fine and then just stopped, you might want to start by looking at things like your circuit breakers. If that doesn't fix things, it might be time for professional help.
Contact an HVAC services professional the moment you realize something is wrong with your air conditioning unit. The earlier you reach out for help, the easier it may be to fix the issue.