As with anything that has moving parts, it eventually falters and the wear and tear can be expected to occur on the air conditioner. You can minimize the likelihood of air conditioner failure with routinely scheduled maintenance services from a trusted professional, though more often than not, the air conditioners are easily repaired. Air conditioner manufacturers want to build a good reputation and produce high quality air conditioner products generally. When the air conditioner unit fails, the first thing to do is to check the circuit breaker and fuses. Push it to the off position and back on after the unit has a had 5-10 minutes to cool off, and the circuit breaker flipped. Because the high-pressure limit switch may have tripped, the central air conditioner’s compressor may have stopped on a hot day. To get the unit working again, simply reset the switch that is on the compressor’s access panel. If the above issues do not seem to be the problem, we at Hal Mechanical would like to list the common issues that may also be the culprit.
How Do I Know What’s Wrong with My AC?
Low Refrigerant: Indicated with a low refrigerant, it more than likely a leak but can stem from insufficient charge at the time of installation. Throughout the cooling process, refrigerant does not deplete with use, like gas or oil, but it continues to recycle. The solution for a leak is not enough to add more refrigerant, unfortunately. A technician will need to repair the leak, test run to ensure the repair is efficient, and recharge the unit according to manufacturing guidelines because a licensed professional are the only authorized handlers of refrigerant. To ensure the unit’s performance and efficiency, the manufacturer’s specification is important for the refrigerant levels.
Faulty Sensors: It can be faulty as it is designed to measure the temperature of air coming into the evaporative coil, if the thermostat sensor, generally located behind the control panel, is giving you problems. The air conditioner will cycle constantly or behave erratically in the event that the sensor is knocked out of position. The sensor should be near the coil but not touching it, by carefully bending the wire that holds it in place, adjust it
Electric Control is Malfunctioning: The air conditioner unit is oversized, the compressor and fan controls eventually wear out when the air conditioner turns on and off frequently or, more commonly so. With professional maintenance services, the electrical connections and contacts should be taken care, though corrosion of wire and terminals is also a problem in many systems a potential issue for many units.
Drain Line Clogs: Especially on humid days to make certain there are no clogs in the condensate drain, the drain line should be checked periodically. Also, the unit needs to be mounted level to drain properly.
Poor AC Maintenance Habits: The air conditioner will not work properly, often causing premature failure on the compressor or fans when the filters and air conditioning coils become dirty. Invest in professional maintenance regularly schedules to keep the air conditioning running and operating well as well as reducing the risks of breakdowns and repairs.