At some point, you will encounter an air conditioning system that is simply failing to work correctly. When this problem occurs on a hot summer day, it can send homeowners into a panic, but there are actually some simple steps that will allow for this problem to be addressed.
Check For Obstructions
The first thing you should do is to check the air conditioning system's intake vents for obstructions. When debris or objects block the flow of air into the unit, it can impact the unit enough to almost completely stop the flow of air into the home. If you find these obstructions, you should remove them, and turn on the system to see if it corrects the problem. Attempting to run the unit with these obstructions in place can cause serious damage to the motor, and the unit should be kept off until these obstructions have been removed.
Flip The Breaker
Often, a flipped circuit breaker can be a source of major performance issues for an air conditioning system. Unfortunately, it can be possible for the breaker to only partially flip. As such, you may not immediately notice that it has stopped the flow of power. Flipping the breaker off and back on will reset it if this has occurred.
Test The Thermostat
The thermostat is another common source of problems for an air conditioning system. A malfunctioning thermostat can prevent the unit from activating or it may stop it prematurely. If you have a digital thermostat, it may have a testing mode that can be used to determine whether it is functioning correctly. Otherwise, you will need to manually test it to make sure that it is working correctly, which may involve using a thermometer to measure the temperature in the home and compare it to the thermostat's settings. Sometimes, dust will cause the thermostat to receive inaccurate temperature readings, and compressed air or a vacuum on the lowest setting can remove much of the dust that may be inhibiting the sensors.
Contact A Professional Air Conditioning Repair Provider
When simple repairs are unable to address your unit's problems, you will want to avoid attempting to repair the unit on your own as you may be more likely to cause substantial damage to it. Rather, a professional air conditioning repair technician should be hired to work on the unit. If your unit is currently protected by a warranty, this may even be a requirement to maintain the warranty's protection.