Here in the Sunshine State, our air conditioners are essential to making your home a comfortable place to live. So, when things start to get weird you can get worried really fast.
Luckily, we are here with some tips and tricks for AC troubleshooting and maintenance to make sure your summer is a cool one inside your home.
Our experts show you easy DIY solutions for the most common central air repairs. You’ll be up and running faster and will save yourself a service call.
So, if your AC is giving you some grief, or you just want to make sure you know what to do if it starts to, read on.
AC Troubleshooting Starts with the Basics: Check the Power Supply and Change the Filter
Make sure your HVAC system is getting power from the electrical panel. Reset the circuit breaker or replace your fuse. Check the thermostat to ensure it’s working effectively.
Examine your thermostat settings to ensure it’s on “cool” and not set to “off” or “heat.”
Replace all your filters to new clean ones. Sometimes the easiest things are the problem. Still having trouble? Read on.
Check If Your Overflow Tray is Full
Inspect your condensation overflow tray for excessive water. There might be a sensor on your tray that turns the system off when water is gathered.
If the tray is full you can use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out the water. Once the overflow tray is emptied reset the AC system and check to see if it’s running. You should hear it kick on right away. If not, you’ll have to keep checking for other issues.
Inspect the Blower Door and Your Registers for Obstructions
Inspect to make certain the blower door on the air handler is safely closed. If you can hear your central air conditioning conditioner running however it does not cool well, this could be an outcome of something obstructing airflow throughout your system filters, registers, or compressors.
Your Condenser Could Be the Problem
Have a look at the condenser to see if it’s dirty or blocked.
If so, clean it and get rid of the obstruction. The condenser can end up being blocked by high weeds, turf, or other airborne debris.
Inspect Your Compressor and Clean It Up
Check and/or clean up the outside compressor. You could have a malfunctioning compressor or an inadequate quantity of refrigerant in the system, which would need an expert to fix.
The compressor (which sounds like a fridge) and fan need to be running. If not, it’s best to call in a professional. While there are some things you can replace yourself, it’s best to let a pro look first to avoid doing more damage to your system.
Does Your Ductwork Need Work?
Usually, poor airflow results from an unclean air filter or ductwork that has ended up being blocked, crimped, or even detached.
Inspect all ductwork to make sure it has actually not become disconnected, consisting of ductwork that may be tough to reach in your attic or crawl areas. Repair or link as needed.
If basic fixes don’t stick go ahead and call in a professional who can install new ductwork for you.
Check That All Register Dampers Are Open
Check register dampers on vents in the rooms to make sure they are set to an open position. Cleaning your a/c unit is something you can do on your own, provided you have a fundamental understanding of the parts of your system.
Time to Call In A Professional: Trust Veteran’s AC & Heat to Get The Job Done
If you’ve already done standard troubleshooting and the issue still exists, you should call us for help. Above all, proper maintenance is the very best way to avoid issues and avoid problems in the future.
Give us a call at 813-644-3806 or click here to contact us if you have any questions. We’re more than happy to assist!