The last thing you want during the summer is for your air conditioning to stop working. The heat outside is enough without having to be sweaty inside your home too. If it has decided to break, and you’re not sure what happened, here are a few of the most common problems. If you can’t figure out how to troubleshoot it, give us a call, and we can repair, replace or install a new system. We are here to get you cool and comfortable again.
Heat gains from windows
Does your home get warmer when the sunlight shines through your windows? If so, it’s experiencing heat gain. Heat gain is more common if your home has older windows.
It can be fixed by purchasing blackout curtains and drawing the blinds during the heat of the day. That will solve part of the problem, but it would be wise to buy high- efficiency windows will prevent the heat gain in the summer and heat loss during winter.
The root of your problem might only be the thermostat. If that’s case, that’s a huge win for you. Check to make sure that the batteries aren’t dead and that it is set to cool instead of heat. Your fan may also be set to run without being placed on a specific temperature. Your thermostat may need to be replaced, but that’s much cheaper than having to repair your air conditioning unit.
Check your circuit breaker
You could have tripped a breaker. If it’s the one attached to your HVAC system, resetting the breaker could solve your problem.
A tripped breaker usually happens when a circuit is overloaded. Consider what could be adding to that problem and how you can fix it. If it continues to trip, you’ll need to call a licensed HVAC contractor to check it out.
Starting components are failing
Your air conditioner has about two capacitors in your outside unit. One is the start capacitor, and the other is the run capacitor. They help your A/C units turn and stay on, keeping your home cool.
If they’re broken, they’ve probably reached the end of their projected lifespan. They will be to be replaced by a professional.
By scheduling regular HVAC maintenance, you are keeping an eye on your units; therefore preventing significant problems before they happen. Doing so will save you an incredible amount of money in the long run and keep you nice and cold along the way. If you think there is something wrong with your unit, please give us a call.
We look forward to fixing your HVAC system. 301-459-5888