When your AC is not performing the way you’d like it can make your home downright miserable. Here in Beaumont, air conditioning is a necessity, and we can’t afford to have undiagnosed AC problems appearing during the hottest months of the year. That’s why being able to troubleshoot your AC could save you a lot of stress and inconvenience.
Efficient Systems is here to address three of the most common air conditioner problems you may encounter and the HVAC solutions that could fix them quickly. Our team is always ready to come help you out with your air conditioning repair, but check out these popular AC problems to feel more confident when evaluating your AC unit.
Top 3 AC Issues
Many times AC problems appear because the unit has not been properly maintained. AC maintenance prevents breakdowns and mysterious problems by staying on top of the unit’s health and performance. To avoid problems like the ones listed below, schedule your annual AC tune-up before summer hits.
The Unit Won’t Turn On
When your AC won’t power on, there could be multiple culprits causing the issue. First you need to check all of the power sources. Check the outdoor unit to see if the compressor inside is running and if the unit is plugged into the outlet. You can also locate your home’s electrical panel and make sure the circuit to the AC unit is not tripped.
If all your power sources are in order, try to turn the thermostat down five degrees to jump start the cooling process. Make sure your thermostat is on AUTO or COOL and not just FAN. This will ensure that your system is set to cool the air instead of just blowing it around in the vents. If none of these solutions work, your unit could have internal problems and should be checked out by an HVAC professional.
The Air Isn’t Cool
If you feel hot or warm air coming from your vents when you have the AC on, your unit is not functioning properly. One of the main causes of warm air is a dirty air filter. When your filter is clogged, it doesn’t allow air to flow normally through it and causes stress on the AC’s cooling components. Locate and change out your air filter to return normal air flow.
Another possible cause of warm air are frozen coils. If you are handy enough to look inside the AC unit to find the frosted or frozen coils, you may be able to let them thaw and return normal function. Other common causes of warm air are compressor and refrigerant malfunctions. These HVAC repairs should only be done by a licensed AC contractor because refrigerant is extremely dangerous to humans.
Your Entire Home Isn’t Cool
Your air conditioner may be delivering cool air, but maybe it’s not enough to keep your entire home comfortable. The main reason this could be happening is if your AC is not the appropriate size for your home. A unit that is too small struggles to keep up with the cooling demands of the home and never quite reaches the temperature you want to feel.
Another common reason for inadequate cooling here in Texas is unrealistic expectations. Your AC is only designed to provide about a 20 degree temperature difference from outside. That means that you shouldn’t expect your unit to be able to deliver 68 degree air when it’s 100 degrees outside.
An AC professional can help evaluate any modifications that can be made to your air ducts or AC to provide more consistent cool air to the home.
Beaumont Air Conditioning Repairs
If any of these DIY air conditioner fixes don’t work, feel free to call the professionals at Efficient Systems. We’re more than happy to assess and repair your AC problem as quickly as we can to return cool air to your home. Give us a call today for more information!