Do-It-Yourself – DIY Air Conditioner Cleaning.
There are many reasons the AC in your home could be failing. However, without knowledge of the operation of the AC, you might have problems identifying the problem. I had the same problem. The energy bills in my house were shooting, the thermostat seemed to have failed, and some disturbing squealing noises were coming from the ceiling. I could not pinpoint the problem, but I knew for sure that there was a severe problem with my AC, that is when I decided to call in a professional for help. In no time, I could already feel the difference in the house, and the noises were gone.
From the interaction, I learned one or two things concerning AC related problems such as:
- When an AC fails to work at all
- An AC unit running but cannot cool your indoor space
- Water leakage from the AC
- Noises from the AC units
- Failure by the AC to blow air into your rooms
- Continuous running of the AC despite settings inhibiting such
- Identifying Common problems and how to go about the AC repairs
If your AC fails to work
To determine this problem, all you need to do is plug in the AC, and ensure that there is power at the electrical panel. Then, check for any tripped switches, be it the overloads and other equipment switched. Reset them back to normal and then turn it on and wait for a response. If you get none, then you know that there is a problem with the cranking. You can check the capacitor and the contactor in the compressor for any failure and replace them if needed.
Failure to cool your indoor space
When the AC fails to lower the temperatures in your room, then there might be a problem with the thermostat. Your first step will to check the electrical panel and ensure that there are no blown fuses or tripped breakers. If you find one, you can easily reset the breaker by turning it off and on or replacing the fuse on the panel.
However, if you notice that the breaker keeps tripping, then maybe there could be a loose connection or a short within the circuit. It could be in the motor, the fan, or the compressor. To get to the bottom of this, it is advisable you hire a professional for their AC repair services.
Water leakage from the AC
Since the AC units’ couple as dehumidifiers, there is bound to be some water in the system. The AC works to reduce the humidity in a room by lowering the temperatures. As a result, some moisture condenses and forms water droplets. They then collect in a plate at the bottom of the evaporator. The water then drains through a tube. However, if the pipe is blocked or the plate is leaking, you will start to see water leaking from the sides of the AC. This is a problem that you can easily resolve. However, if you are not confident in your experience, call in an expert for AC repair who will unclog the tubes and repair the plate to eliminate any more leakage.
Noises from the AC
Noises in your AC may result from indoor air handlers, outdoor compressors or the ductwork. So, if you hear squealing or grinding sounds, it could be due to the slipping of the belt. When such occurs, the solution is to check the belt for wear and tear and replace it with a new one if need be. If you hear a buzzing noise immediately after you turn on the AC unit, then there might be some trouble with the fan. Switch off the unit and the fan from auto to ON. If the buzzing continues, then maybe the fan relay needs a checkup.
Also, if you hear a rattling noise from your ceiling when you turn the AC on, it could be due to loose screws on the ductwork. Make a point to fasten them, and the noise will fade away.
There are many more problems associated with AC units. However, identifying the problem within a short time is the real challenge. That is why you will most likely need the services of a professional for your AC repairs. Do not settle for uncomfortable, noisy operations or water leaking in your home due to minor issues in the AC. Call for help today.