It’s pretty frustrating when something big and expensive doesn’t work, right? Like your central air conditioner? We all get that feeling. It’s disheartening, especially if it happens in the middle of the summer. In New Port Richey, AC repair is a bustling business – we’ve seen a lot of problems in our time.
If you’ve got an air conditioner that seems to blow warm air all or some of the time, that’s a real issue. We’re here to help you figure out what might be causing it, and determine what your best course of action would be to get it fixed.
You may not be able to repair many of the things we’ll talk about here, but sometimes, just diagnosing a potential problem is a big help to those that can. And, of course, there are a few problems in here that you can take care of on your own. Let’s dive right in and see what might be causing the temperatures in your home to climb.
Check your thermostat and make sure it’s set correctly.
We know that’s the HVAC equivalent of the IT helpdesk saying, “Is the computer plugged into the wall?” But trust us, and go check. Not only should the device be set to COOL, the temperature should be set a few degrees lower than room temperature. Otherwise, your system isn’t going to turn on at all.
And if you’ve got it set to FAN or ON mode, you might mistakenly assume that it’s blowing around air that hasn’t been properly cooled before recirculation. That’s because, unlike COOL or AUTO, in ON and FAN modes (which may vary by manufacturer, or course) your blower never stops pushing air around.
It is also possible that your thermostat itself is malfunctioning or experiencing problems of some kind. It may need to be replaced if that is the case.
You should check your filters for airflow problems.
First, does it seem like the air isn’t coming out with the same force you’re used to? Or is the air slightly musty or stale? Both of those could be signs that your air filters and intake vents are due for a good cleaning.
When those aren’t clean, they slow down the air moving over your coils inside your system. This in turn causes a precipitous temperature drop, which freezes the condensation, causing ice to form inside your system. When that happens, your coils can’t cool the air any longer, and what comes out of your vents is … you guessed it … warm.
You should clean or replace your filters once a month, or as directed by the manufacturer. A good way to remember is to keep the filters somewhere visible – on a garage shelf or in the laundry room, for instance. This way, you see them periodically and are reminded to perform this simple but vital task. If your system has frozen over, it will need to be thoroughly de-iced before you can use it again.
Check for dirty coils.
The symptoms for dirty coils look an awful lot like the symptoms for filter issues. That’s because, if you’ve gone without annual preventive maintenance, or something has caused an abnormal buildup of dust and debris in your ducts, your coils can end up dirty.
And dirty coils also freeze over, for largely the same reasons. It’s not too difficult to check for this. The condenser coil is located in your outside unit. Go take a look; if you’ve got weeds, grass, or vines growing on or near your unit, trim them away. Then sweep all debris away from your unit.
It is very important to keep at least a couple of feet around the air conditioning condenser unit clear of anything that could get into the chassis and cause problems.
Check for electrical issues.
A lot of voltage is required to run your central air. It involves a significant array of wiring, capacitors, motors, compressors, and coils. If at any point, one or more of those isn’t receiving the correct electrical signal, it could trip a breaker.
Overheating can also trip a breaker, as most modern units are equipped with safety features to prevent overheating and flooding. So if your air is blowing, but it’s not cold, you should go and check the condenser, which is your outside unit. If that’s not on, your indoor unit is just going to be blowing room temperature air around.
You can troubleshoot a few simple things with your electrical system, but if the AC system shuts off the breaker more than once, or you find a blown fuse, shut the breakers off and call New Port Richey AC repair. We absolutely do not recommend attempting to diagnose or repair electrical issues.
The cost of professional service is well worth it, for your safety
If you’re low on refrigerant, your unit will blow warm air.
That’s because refrigerant is not able to cool the air before it recirculates. Because refrigerant is contained within a sealed system, low refrigerant is a sure sign of a leak somewhere in your air conditioning system.
All refrigerant requires a licensed handler, so you’ll need to call local air conditioning contractors in to find the leak, repair it, and charge your system. If you have an older system that uses R-22 refrigerant (Freon), you will discover that it has been discontinued and is being phased out.
The contractor may have to recommend a replacement system at that point, unless your system is new enough to be converted to a modern refrigerant, if that’s even possible.
If you live anywhere in or around New Port Richey and you need AC repair for your air conditioning system, call us today at 727-270-9819!
Air conditioners have a lot in common with cars: they cost thousands of dollars, they’re complex machines that require professionals to work on them, and when they start breaking down, it’s incredibly frustrating.
We understand, at New Port Richey AC repair, that it can be a real nightmare, especially if it happens all the time. So we’re here to talk about a few of the things that could be plaguing your air conditioning system.
Most of the time, part of the problem is that it’s hard to tell when there is going to be a problem. You don’t think there’s anything wrong with your central air conditioning until it’s not working. The unit making all the noise is outside, and as long as your interior stays cool (and doesn’t smell funny) you’re probably going to assume all is well.
Before we jump in, a thought: if your air conditioning system is breaking down often enough, it might be time to buy a new installation. However, this article isn’t about that, so much as it’s about why you’re experiencing breakdowns. There are a few common things you could be dealing with.
First, it could just be old age. As we were just discussing, replacement is an inevitable part of having central air conditioning. You’ll get as many as 15 years out of a system with proper care, but they aren’t immortal. And that’s good – when you do replace your system, make sure the contractors making the sale help you choose the best of new available technology.
Upgrade your efficiency and take advantage of lower energy bills. Get an advanced thermostat that you can program from your iPad. The world is your extremely cool oyster.
But on the very good chance that you’d prefer to keep your existing system in good health, here are some other things that could be causing your issues.
Issues with refrigerant could cause shutdowns. More commonly, a refrigerant leak will manifest as your system blowing warmer air than you’d like. However, if you ignore the signs long enough, the low refrigerant and the ensuing ice-over that it causes inside the system could lead to more widespread mayhem.
At the first sign of a leak, you should call a trained and licensed AC repair technician to find and patch the leak and charge your refrigerant to optimal levels.
Your thermostat could be on the fritz. And frankly, that’s far from the worst-case scenario. If your air conditioner seems to be working intermittently, check your thermostat. Because a thermostat is essentially a very complicated “ON” switch, issues with the thermostat will often result in a system that doesn’t behave the way it should.
This isn’t hard to troubleshoot. Ensure that it is set correctly to “COOL” and at least two degrees below room temperature. At that point, if you’re still experiencing issues, it may be time to call the pro’s.
You could have a clogged condensate drain. Many air conditioning systems have a mechanism that shuts them off if the condensate drain line becomes clogged. This is to avoid flooding in your home. If you go to your outside unit, look for the dripping line outside the chassis. It stays busy removing condensation produced by the evaporator coil.
However, it’s susceptible to clogs from mold, algae, dirt, and debris. It should be cleaned during all preventive maintenance, but it’s always possible that something could have happened to it. You should have your repairman come out to flush and vacuum the drain if you see standing water in the drain pan.
Your ducts, filters, or intake vents could be overdue for a cleaning. When you neglect to keep your system clean, you restrict airflow. That causes the temperatures inside around your evaporator coils to drop. If that goes on too long, the system begins to ice over as the condensation freezes.
At that point, the coils are unable to do their job, your system becomes heavily restricted and eventually shuts down to protect itself. You’ll have to have the system thawed out, all ice removed (you can run the blower to help) and then restart it. If you’re not sure how to do this, your friendly neighborhood New Port Richey AC repair team is ready to help.
Electrical issues could cause shutdowns. If a tripped breaker often accompanies your system shutting down, you could be dealing with an electrical issue. Most modern air conditioners are equipped with a way to shut the system down and trip the breaker in the event of overheating, voltage issues, or danger.
It is also possible that a bad capacitor is the culprit. It is even possible that the constant temperature changes have loosened wires somewhere in your system. However, we cannot stress clearly enough that you should not attempt repairs on the electrical system without training. The voltage running through your air conditioning system is far too high for that kind of risk.
There are other reasons, perhaps less common, that could also be shutting your system down. A good rule of thumb is that if you get a very large repair bill– say one quarter the cost to buy a new system – it is probably time to opt for an upgrade, rather than a repair. Once very large things are going bad in your system, it’s likely that other things will follow suit. As always, we’re here to help with your New Port Richey AC Repair needs!
If you need you AC repair or service in or around New Port Richey, give us a call today at 727-270-9819 and save $35 on any paid repair.