Here in Florida, while we have some extremely hot and humid summers, we also have mild winters and often must rely on our air conditioners to provide year-round comfort. Like any appliance that is used frequently, certain common problems tend to pop up. Knowing what these issues are and what to do if your A/C system is acting up will save you in time, money, and comfort in the long run.
Air Conditioner Won’t Start
First, the most obvious issue will be if your A/C won’t start. Start by resetting the breaker that the air conditioner is connected to. Next, check your thermostat to ensure it’s working properly. You can remove the cover and check for dust which could cause it to not perform. If neither of these steps proves to be helpful, you will likely need to call a professional HVAC repair technician to troubleshoot the issue.
Air Not Cool Enough
If you feel like you’re not getting enough cool air, it’s probably due to some type of obstruction in the ventilation. One potential cause could be a dirty filter. It’s a good idea to check your filter at least every couple of months, monthly if you have pets in your home, and replace as needed. You don’t want to let it go until the filter is so full of dust and dirt that your A/C can’t perform. Also, check your registers, making sure they are clean and open. Next, check the outdoor compressor for any debris in or around the unit and remove it to ensure proper airflow. Should none of these work, you may be dealing with a refrigerant leak. That being the case, you’ll need to contact a professional HVAC technician.
Air Conditioner Running Constantly
Another common issue we see is an air conditioner that is running constantly or not enough. An air conditioner that runs constantly, is bad news for your electric bill (and wallet!), one that is not running enough is just plain uncomfortable. Check to make sure all of your windows are closed and that the cool air isn’t just escaping that way. You can try to clean the outdoor condenser to see if that resolves the problem. The evaporator coil may need to be cleaned as well. Contact a professional HVAC Technician to do a routine maintenance inspection. They will be able to troubleshoot the issue during the appointment and clean the necessary components.
AC System Leaking Water
Lastly, if you see any signs of your air conditioner leaking, whether a water leak from a drainage pipe or a coolant leak, don’t ignore the issue, both can lead to bigger problems. Contact a professional HVAC technician to come take a look at your air conditioner. Routine maintenance can catch these types of issues and prevent future, more expensive problems.
Call an HVAC Pro in Orlando
These common issues when caught quickly can be fixed before they cost you time, money, and comfort. At Rainaldi Home Services, our professional HVAC technicians will clean your system and perform a comprehensive list of maintenance checks to ensure your cooling system is running in top shape.