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22 Jun 2018

Troubleshooting Common Air Conditioning Problems

When it comes to your home or office, diagnosing problems with your air conditioning unit and coming up with a solution can be a difficult task, but luckily we’ve compiled the most common issues and listed the way to fix them in this article.

The air filter is clogged or dirty. A clogged or dirty air filter prohibits proper airflow through the unit, causing inefficiency and an inability to cool the air. If you constantly run your system or you have pets, it’s recommended that you should change your air filters at least once a month.

Outside air is leaking in. In you have a window unit, the seal around your window unit may be compromised to make sure hot air isn’t getting in, or that cold air isn’t getting out. If this is the case, you made need to reseal the window with weatherstripping. To do this, place the weatherstripping around the perimeter of the unit and make sure air is restricting from leaking on both sides.

Appliances are too close. Lamps, TV sets and other heat-causing electronic appliances placed too close to the central AC thermostat can cause glitches. The thermostat can sense heat and falsely think the room is hotter than it is, causing the air conditioning to run longer than necessary, upping your monthly bill.

Thermostat control errors. Programming your thermostat so that your home is at a comfortable temperature  when you’re there, but off or higher when you’re not, is ideal. Different thermostats come with different setting controls, so following the manufacturer’s recommended settings will help ensure the HVAC system is working as it should.

The outdoor compressor is crowded. The outdoor compressor (ie. the large metal box with the fans on the side of your house) for central air needs adequate airflow to work correctly. If plants have grown around it, or there is debris or items crowding the space, the unit won’t be able to function since it needs the area around it to be open and clear to allow proper airflow.

Your HVAC unit needs maintenance. If you haven’t had your HVAC unit inspecting, it’s recommended that you do that once a year. Additionally, since your central air system has lots of moving parts, those parts should be maintained, repaired or replaced as soon as possible in order to save you money and lost comfort.

Hopefully these quick DIY HVAC tips can help your specific situation, but if they don’t, or you need to speak with an HVAC specialist about new installation or bigger repair jobs, DK is here and ready to help. Contact us now.

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