It’s 76 degrees with humidity ranging in the high 80’s and your air conditioner won’t turn on; frustrating, to say the least. You could be experiencing a common problem as a result of a faulty air conditioner. Although it is tempting to try and fix it yourself, your best (and safest) option is to call an air conditioner expert near you. We don’t want you to be sitting with an unresponsive air conditioner so let’s look at the most common air conditioner faults homeowners experience and ensure it doesn’t happen to you.
After years in the industry, we’ve seen it all. Some of the time, the problem is a small fix and won’t require a call-out by a professional. For more serious issues with parts like your circuit breaker or motor, we at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric offer an emergency hotline to get you back to cooler temperatures.
Circuit breakers prevent your unit from receiving an overload of electricity by shutting off. If your circuit breaker has tripped it means that there may be too much electricity usage throughout the house, like having many appliances running at once. If your circuit breakers trips, your AC won’t turn on. We suggest lessening the electricity usage elsewhere in your home. However, if the circuit breaker keeps tripping, this could be an indication of a bigger issue.
On the other hand, if you have a wiring fault in your home it may affect your AC which is why it isn’t turning on. Signs of wiring issues include flickering lights and humming sounds from appliances. You will need to have your home wiring checked and the source of the fault repaired. An electrician will begin by running a diagnostic test to locate the fault and repair it. After that you’ll be on your way to having your AC running smoothly again.
Don’t delay in addressing a circuit breaker trip or wiring issue as soon as you detect an issue as it could escalate into something more serious, costing you more than necessary.
A clogged drain pipe may be preventing your AC from turning on. The condensate drain line is responsible for draining the condensation away from your AC that is created while your system is running. If this can’t be done due to the clogging, there is a safety switch that will be activated and your system will shut off. Depending on the extent of the blockage, it is possible to unclog your AC drain pipe without the need for a professional.
On the other hand, if your AC uses a condensate drain pump to carry the excess water from your home, then you need to check that your pump is still working. As with an AC drain pipe, the safety switch will activate and shut the unit down if the pump stops working.
The simple answer to preventing a faulty air conditioner is regular maintenance. By having a professional electrician do regular checks on your AC, any faults or potential faults, will be located and corrected. Preventative maintenance will also save you money in the long run as making small repairs and replacements to keep your AC running smoothly saves them from becoming bigger problems that could affect the whole system. If your AC is subject to any electrical wiring issues, it may affect the rest of your household, putting your home in a potentially dangerous situation. Regular checks will work toward stopping this from happening. However, there are a few things we suggest you check to help prevent AC faults:
Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric are industry experts when it comes to this type of maintenance. Not only do we understand that you as the homeowner have many things to take care of, but we also advise you on the most cost-effective and practical solutions for your home, and cater to emergency AC repairs. Your AC plays an integral part in the comfort of your home and we want to keep it that way.
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