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4 common air conditioner problems

If you've already done some basic troubleshooting and the problem still exists, you need to call a HVAC contractor.

If you've already done some basic troubleshooting and the problem still exists, you need to call a HVAC contractor.

When temperatures soar and your air conditioning unit decides to stop working, you need a quick solution While many air conditioning problems require a professional, some can be addressed by the homeowner.

Condenser isn't running

If your condenser isn't running, the first thing to check is the power. Make sure the unit is plugged in. If so, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. Restore the power and see if it starts.

Another potential cause is a thermostat that isn't set properly. Lower the thermostat by five degrees and see if it kicks on. If not, the problem is likely a faulty motor or compressor--a problem that will require professional help.

Inadequate cooling

If the unit doesn't seem to be cooling your home adequately, start by lowering the thermostat five degrees. If that does not fix the problem, you may have a dirty evaporator. Carefully clean the evaporator and let it run for a few hours. If the problem still exists, it could mean you have an improperly sized air conditioner.

Keep in mind that an extremely hot day may impact your unit's effectiveness. If temperatures outside are over 100, you may not be able to achieve 62 degrees inside your home, especially if you have a lot of windows letting in the sun's energy. Always consult with a professional before making the decision to replace your unit, especially if temperatures have been unusually high.

Unit runs but doesn't cool

If your A/C is running but you don't feel any cool air, you should still check the thermostat though it's probably not the problem. Next, take a look at the condenser. Is it dirty or blocked? If so, clean it and remove the blockage. The condenser can become blocked by tall weeds, grass or other airborne debris.

It could also be the result of a faulty compressor, or an inadequate amount of refrigerant in the system. Again, these are problems that a professional needs to address.

Unit shuts on and off repeatedly

This is another problem that can happen with a dirty or blocked condenser unit, as well as a dirty evaporator. Most of the time, giving the entire unit a good cleaning and removing any obstructions will eliminate the problem.

When to call a professional

Cleaning your air conditioner is something you can do on your own, provided you have a basic understanding of the parts of the unit. But any time you need to address the coolant, you need the help of a professional HVAC contractor. If you've already done some basic troubleshooting and the problem still exists, you need to call a HVAC contractor.


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The inside blower fan runs intermittently in the ON position and the COOL position but seems to run continuos in the HEAT position. Will a faulty run capacitor works intermittently?

My AC doesn't shutdown through its remote. when i power on the main supply, its motor automatically starts and wind blows. when i press the power on switch of the remote the swing opens and cooling starts. when i power off the switch from remote, the swing stops but the motor doesn't.

the air handler where the main filter is dips most of the time recently--any ideas how to fix

what would couse the motor this is are 3 one. we put a new control board 7/10/13. we the new motor on

Made a loud noise and it shut off.

Often the problem can be from a dirty air filter. If the filter is clogged, there will be a reduction in the air flow.

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