Common Air Conditioner Problems
What can go wrong with your AC unit? Here are some useful tips on common issues that you might come across with your air conditioner.
– Uneven airflow – One of the most common AC problems is weak or insufficiently cold air. This issue often stems from poor duct flow or a clogged filter.
– Condenser not pushing hot air – If your condenser is not pushing out hot air, it is usually indicative that the unit is not cooling properly because the condenser sends hot air to the refrigerant. This issue can happen for multiple reasons such as dirty coils, refrigerant leaks, or natural wear and tear.
– Filter – A dirty filter is definitely a frequent issue that arises within most AC units. This can lead to the filter getting clogged, and is relatively easy change on your time. However, if the task can seem to daunting to you, reach out to a technician to get assistance.
Simple Steps for AC Maintenance
While there are specific aspects of HVAC care that require a professional touch, there are a few routine tasks you can undertake to prolong the life of your air conditioner. Here are a few pointers for you:
- Filter Replacement: Refresh your filters every 1-3 months based on how often you use your AC, to ensure consistent airflow.
- Clear the Surroundings: Regularly clean the area around your outdoor unit to prevent debris and plants from hampering its performance.
- Thermostat Check: Occasionally, the culprit might just be incorrect thermostat settings.
On the other hand, some maintenance aspects demand specialized knowledge and tools. Here’s a glimpse into what might escape the attention of those without formal training:
Factors like refrigerant levels, oil pressure, comprehensive coil cleaning, electrical component checks, combustion assessments, heat exchanger evaluations, motor oiling, duct inspections and cleaning, thermostat fine-tuning, belt modifications, drain pipe cleaning, and much more.
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