Air Conditioner Troubleshooting Guide

June 16, 2020

Your central AC system will wear down over time, giving rise to numerous problems. Before calling over a professional, you may want to do some troubleshooting on your own and see if repairing the system can be a DIY project you can accomplish on your own. 1. Your AC Does Not Power On If your AC won’t start, the problem may be a tripped circuit breaker, so take a look at your electrical panel and ensure that the AC breaker is in the “on” position. If the breaker keeps tripping every time you turn on the AC, or if you actually experience a blown fuse, this will signify an overheating system. As for why it would overheat, the possible reasons include: Clogged air filters A dirty evaporator coil A failing compressor Low refrigerant levels Air filter replacement is a basic maintenance task that every homeowner should be able to perform. The evaporator coil could be cleaned with a simple solution of warm water and detergent. Bad compressors must be replaced. When It Blows Lukewarm Air If the air is lukewarm or hot, see if your thermostat is set to “cool” or to “heat.” If it’s correctly set to “cool,” then...

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How to Reduce AC Power Consumption

May 12, 2020

Cooling your home during the summer will raise your energy bill, and while this cannot be helped, you can still do a lot to minimize the expense. It all comes down to ensuring that your AC runs efficiently and only when necessary. Change the Air Filters Filters, which keep the air handler free of dust and other pollutants, can have a negative effect on cooling performance if they get really dirty and dusty, causing them to clog up. Anything that hinders the circulation of air will strain your system and your wallet. This is why you will want to replace your filters regularly. If you use fiberglass filters, replace them every 30 days; if you use pleated filters, replace them every 60 to 90 days. Clean the Evaporator Coils Even with regular filter replacement, the evaporator coils in your air handler can become caked with dirt, hindering their ability to absorb heat and provide cool air. You could easily clean these with a soft bristle brush and a spray bottle containing a mixture of warm water and gentle detergent. Program the Thermostat If you own a programmable thermostat, use it to create an energy-efficient schedule. For starters, you could raise...

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