A/C Problems to Avoid
The top three A/C problems technicians find on service calls are:
- Improper operation
- Improper maintenance
- Improper refrigerant charge
Two out of three of those you can troubleshoot yourself before calling a technician.
Believe it or not, the first thing you should check is the thermostat. Is it set to cool? If not, flip the switch to cool and wait a bit to see if the air conditioner kicks on. Is the thermostat set lower than the current temperature in your home? Set it at a low temperature and wait three to five minutes. If the A/C still doesn’t turn on, move on to the next step.
Check your breaker box to make sure it wasn’t tripped. Sometimes power surges, constant use or a high pressure limit switch will cause the breaker to trip. Let the system cool for five minutes before reseting anything.
To ensure optimal functioning and fewer A/C problems, maintain your system properly. Make sure all the coils are free of dust and debris. Change out the air filter regularly to keep air flowing smoothly and ductwork clean. Also check the reservoir tray to make sure it is not full of water. If it is, clear the drain. If the drain is already clear, you may need a new condensate pump.
Improper Refrigerant Charge
Check the levels of refrigerant. If levels are low, chances are that you have a leak. It’s best to have a trained technician repair the leak. Do NOT just add more refrigerant. If levels are accurate, compare the refrigerant charge with the manufacturer’s specifications. Overcharged or undercharged refrigerant will negatively affect the functioning of your air conditioner.
If these troubleshooting tips don’t solve your A/C problems, or if you’re uncomfortable performing any of these tasks, please contact the professional technicians at Balance Point Heating and Air Conditioning. We are locally owned and operated right here in Fort Collins, and we offer 24 hour emergency service.