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A Homeowner’s Guide to Troubleshooting the Most Common Air Conditioning Problems

Posted on AC Maintenance, AC Repair, AC Tips, Family and Home, Money Saving Tips December 10, 2018

Is your HVAC unit giving you trouble? Here’s how to troubleshoot some of the most common air conditioning problems, so you can decide if you need a pro.

Living in the hot and sunny state of Florida, we consider our AC units as a part of

our family. If you want to make it through those long summer months comfortably, you’ll want to make sure that you have a working unit that is consistent.

Unfortunately, AC units can often be everything but consistent. And, with repair costs rising, you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid them breaking down. Luckily, there are some basic things you can do when you start to notice these air conditioning problems that may save you a lot of money.

Read on to find out some AC troubleshooting tips.

  1. Spewing Hot Air

There’s nothing more pointless than a cooling unit that is spewing out hot air. This can often be due to a few problems with the unit that you can test.

For starters, check to make sure that the vents of the unit are not being blocked by debris that may be limiting circulation. Then, you’ll want to make sure your filter is in top shape.

A dirty filter can block air flow to the evaporator coil, which

is the part of the unit that helps to actually cool the air.

If neither of these steps work, have a professional check to see if there is an issue with the refrigerant.

  1. AC Won’t Turn On

An air conditioner that won’t turn on is among the most frustrating of air conditioning problems. If your unit won’t turn on even when the thermostat is working, here are some steps for you.

First, reduce the thermostat by as much as 5 or 10 degrees. Sometimes, the AC unit only responds to more drastic temperature needs, and this is something to get it going.

Also, check your condenser to see if it is running. The condenser is usually

outside your home and is the heart of your unit.

Finally, make sure that your unit is plugged in and that the source of electricity is working properly.

  1. Your Unit Is Smelling

If you notice a foul odor coming from your AC unit, you may want to act quickly. Oftentimes, this odor can be caused by mold, which is a danger to our health.

If you notice a bad smell coming from your unit, you may want to first check and see if your unit is leaking. Moisture can make your unit a breeding ground for mold, so you should try to stop any leaks.

You may also notice a burning smell from your AC. This usually happens when the wiring inside your unit has been overworked and burnt out. This is when it’s best to call a professional to deal with the issues.

How to Deal With Air Conditioning Problems

There are many air conditioning problems that you can fix on your own! This will save you significant money and will allow you to keep your family cool on your own.

If the problems you notice become serious or you’re unable to fix them, be sure to call a professional before anything. For all your air conditioning needs, don’t hesitate to contact us.


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