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AC Troubleshooting Tips

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Thanks to the climate in South Florida, living without an air conditioning unit is pretty much considered a form of torture. Your AC needs to be in tip top shape to get you through the sweltering heat that we experience between May and August each year. At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric we offer a comprehensive preventative maintenance program to ensure that you’re covered and never without the essentials throughout the year. By performing regular air conditioning maintenance checks you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money. If your unit is down for some reason, before you call your local licensed technician, take a look at our simple AC troubleshooting guide to help you.

Check the Thermostat

It’s always best to check your thermostat first. Make sure that it is set below room temperature and if the reading is incorrect, you know exactly where the problem is. Problems with the thermostat will give incorrect or fluctuating readings of the temperature and this will affect how your unit works.

Check the Filters

Take note of when last you changed out your filter. A dirty or broken filter could be the cause of your AC unit’s malfunction. Make a note in your diary or in a planner every time you change your filter, that way you can keep track of how often and when last you changed it.

Check the Breaker Unit

Make sure that the breaker unit hasn’t tripped. It’s an easy fix if your breaker has tripped, all you need to do is turn it off and then back on again. If it hasn’t tripped and you’re still struggling with your unit it could be a sign that either your thermostat or your wiring needs to be replaced.

Strange Noises

If your air conditioner starts making weird noises, it could be the age of your unit. Older models are belt-driven and the belts may need to be replaced. If it’s your outside compressor, you may need to replace the capacitor.

Still not cool enough?

If you have your AC on full blast, but you’re not feeling the effects, you may need to check your evaporator coils. The coils may have corroded or low refrigerant levels may have caused leaks – this will affect the air flow to your home or office. It is better to consult with a licensed technician to have this checked out.

There are a variety of problems that could cause your AC unit to malfunction. There may have been issues with the installation of your unit (if you had anyone other than a licensed technician install it) or there may be issues with the size of your unit and the area it has to function in (too big or too small) can affect how your unit works.

It’s always handy to have a few air conditioning supplies in your home, but when it comes to the wiring and electrical components, it’s best to call a licensed AC technician. You never want to take safety risks just to save money; it will cost you a lot more money if you’re severely injured and you will still need to get your unit looked at by a professional.


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