Air conditioner problems are frustrating, especially since they often crop up unexpectedly. Here’s some helpful advice on how you can fix some of the most common A/C problems and when you should call a pro:
Unstopping a Condensate Line
If the air in your home feels hot and sticky even when the A/C is running, check whether water is pooling under the indoor unit. If so, there’s a quick fix you can try — flushing the condensate drain line to clear out dirt and algae. You can also check if the condensate pump has failed by pouring water into the pan. If it doesn’t drain away, contact your HVAC pro right away.
Solving A/C Power Problems
When your air conditioner doesn’t start up, investigate whether it’s getting power before you panic. Look in your main electrical panel and your blower compartment to see if a breaker has tripped or fuse has blown. If it’s an excessively hot, humid day and your outdoor compressor refuses to start up, check whether you need to reset the pressure limit switch inside the access panel. If it hasn’t tripped, you’ll need help diagnosing the problem. If your breaker trips more than once or your pressure limit switch trips you need the help of a trained professional to diagnose why this is happening.
Correcting Airflow Issues
Checking your air filter monthly can help prevent airflow restrictions that gradually reduce your A/C’s cooling capabilities and increase your energy bills. Keep your registers vacuumed too, and make sure they’re not blocked by rugs, long curtains or furniture. Don’t forget your outdoor unit — hose off the cooling coil occasionally and keep yard debris and tall grass cleared away. If new airflow issues have developed since your annual maintenance visit, call your HVAC specialist.
For help solving common A/C problems in your Coastal Bend home, contact the pros at CCAC.
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