Common Air Conditioning Faults and How to Spot Them

It goes without saying that there are a number of things that can go wrong with your air conditioning unit, so if you notice that it isn’t working as it should get it looked at straight away. Often with air conditioning units small problems can be fixed quite easily, but if it is left then it tends to get worse and much harder to fix – which of course is something that you want to avoid.

That said; Knowing common faults and what to look out for can only be a good thing, so what should you be looking out for?

Faulty Wiring

If you find that your air conditioning unit is cutting out, not getting as much power as it should or it is tripping the circuit breaker than this could be a problem with the wiring. This is often a small problem, but it is important to get it looked at straight away.

Refrigerant Levels Low

Refrigerant is the chemical that cools the air. If you find that your refrigerant levels are low then this could indicate that there is a leak which of course needs to be located and repaired as soon as possible.

Fan Not Working

The fan located outside of your air conditioning unit is what helps to transfer heat from your home to the outside air. If you notice that this isn’t working then you should get it looked into because it may cause the compressor to overheat which can lead to much bigger problems. Generally the fan should be working constantly at the same speed, if you notice that it stops and starts then use this as an indication that it needs to be looked at.

Unit Not Working as It should

If you notice that there is a general lack of power to your unit, the thermostat isn’t working or it keeps cutting out then this could lead to bigger problems. It can be hard to pinpoint the exact problem which is why it is essential to get someone in to have a look at this for you.

Airflow Problems

If the airflow from your air conditioning unit starts to become uneven then this could indicate anything from dirty air filters, blocked return air ductwork or even frozen inside coils (your coils should not look frozen at all).

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