During the hot months of summer, having an air conditioner can make the heat more bearable and give you a great oasis from the sun and humidity of the outdoors. And while, in a perfect world, an air conditioning unit would function properly and blow out ice cold air on demand, the truth is that an air conditioner is just like any other machine in the sense that it can run into mechanical problems. So if you have been having issues with the air conditioning unit at your home, there are some basic trouble shooting tips that you may want to try out before you decide to give your local HVAC specialist a call.
First, however, it is important to consider the different types of air conditioning units, as trouble shooting for each will vary. There are window unit air conditioners and central air conditioning units.
Unit Window Air Conditioners
These tend to run into the most problems due to their small size and the large put out of cold air that is generally required of them to keep a space cool. A lot of times, problems with these units are caused by them being properly covered and protected during cooler months of the year. For example, failing to cover the unit with a tarp during the winter can lead to the freezing over of parts. Luckily, these can often be replaced, but sometimes the damage is to such an extent that the entire unit needs to be replaced instead.
Another repair tip to try with a window unit is to clean out all ducts and vents. This is especially true if not enough cold air seems to be flowing from the system itself. Often times, this is caused by a simple build up of dust and debris that can be cleaned out and fixed relatively easily.
Central Air Conditioning Units
These have more moving parts than a window unit and are much larger, which means that when something goes wrong, it tends to be more expensive and involved to replace. Still, before calling out any professional company to fix a central unit, it is a good idea to try something as simple as replacing the air filter. Often times, if these fail to be replaced over time, it can lead to air circulation problems.
If none of the above tips seem to make a difference for your home’s air conditioning, however, it is never a bad idea to call out the help of an HVAC specialist to have the problem diagnosed and fixed