When Your Air Conditioner Won't Work

When Your Air Conditioner Won't Work

Things To Know About Caring For Your Air Conditioner

by Clara Fernandez

Air conditioner care is something that you might not have much knowledge about or experience doing. This can pose problems when you become a homeowner because you might not know what these systems need to keep them functional.

Perform Visual Inspections Of The Refrigerant Lines

The refrigerant lines for your air conditioning system are among the components that can be most likely to encounter problems. Over time, these tubes will degrade, which will make them susceptible to leaking. Once a leak forms, your air conditioner's performance will decrease as the refrigerant level decreases. Eventually, the unit will be completely unable to cool the air that it is circulating throughout the house.

Luckily, it is relatively simple to repair or replace these hoses. Many small leaks may be repaired by using a patching kit. These kitchens contain a small piece of rubber along with a powerful adhesive. Unfortunately, this is not suitable for large leaks, but this will simply require you to place it. The steps for disconnecting the hoses will be found in the owner's manual. Prior to starting any work on your air conditioner, make sure that you have turned the circuit breaker that powers it off. This will prevent the fan from accidentally activating as this could result in serious injuries.

Know What Causes Ice To Form On The Air Conditioning Unit

Ice formations can often form on air conditioning unit, and this may cause the unit to experience a severe drop in performance. This occurs due to the ice blocking the inflow of air into the unit. Unfortunately, this can result in the motor burning itself out. As a result, you should always turn off the unit when this problem develops until the ice has completely melted.

These ice formations can develop due to a couple of different reasons. For example, it can be possible that dirt on the condenser coils could inhibit their effectiveness, which could lead to this problem. If you notice that your unit is regularly icing over, you should consider performing a thorough cleaning of the condenser coils to see if this corrects the problem. If you do not know how to do this maintenance task, you can hire a professional HVAC technician to clean these coils for you. Additionally, this issue could be caused due to running the air conditioner when it is cool or cold outside. You will need to check the owner's manual to know the recommended lowest temperature to use the unit. If you do not have the owner's manual, most manufacturers provide copies of these documents on their websites.

For more information, contact local professionals like I C E Heating & Cooling.


About Me

When Your Air Conditioner Won't Work

My name is Maura, and I am certified in HVAC installation and repair. I have many clients who call me in a panic because they have turned on their air conditioners and nothing has happened. Your air conditioning technician will get to you as soon as possible, but there are some steps you can take while you are waiting. You might just find that you are able to fix the problem on your own, although you will still want to have a professional assess the situation. In this blog I will take you through some common reasons your air conditioner might not be working and show you some easy temporary solutions.