Not sweating air conditioner problems may be easier said than done in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas. However, many air conditioner quirks can be fixed quickly enough, and others may need the expertise of your HVAC pro. Try these common air conditioner troubleshooting tips to see if you can get your system cooling without a service call.
- Settings and power – Check the thermostat again and make sure it’s in “cool” mode. Check the circuit panel for a tripped breaker.
- Heat anticipator – If you have a manual thermostat, remove the cover to check the thermostat heat anticipator. This device prevents quick-cycling when room temperature hovers at set point. Move the pointed metal switch a notch or two until cooling cycles begin closer to the set point.
- Coils – The air conditioner or heat pump has an indoor evaporator coil and outdoor condenser coil. These coils place refrigerant under alternating pressures to instigate heat extraction from your home and release the heat outdoors. Check the evaporator to see if it’s dirty. Even a thin layer of dirt inhibits heat extraction. Use the garden hose to thoroughly spray the outdoor cabinet. Do this every month or two during the cooling months.
- Filter and registers – Clogged air filters increase energy bills, hamper blower operation and contribute to poor cooling. Make sure you check the air filter each month during the summer. Wipe all supply registers clean and make sure they’re open and air pressure is normal.
- Air conditioner and duct sizing – HVAC equipment must be sized correctly for optimal cooling and heating. If you noticed air pressure differences from the registers, there could be an obstruction in the ducts or leaky ducts. If your air conditioner is sized wrong, a variable-speed blower can help mitigate the problem, rather than replacing the system. However, if your air conditioner is older than 10 years, you would really benefit with a new higher-efficiency model.
If you run into air conditioner problems this summer, don’t sweat it. Learn more about Aqua Plumbing & Air’s air conditioner solutions, or call us at 941-306-3715 to schedule a service visit for your Sarasota and Bradenton area home.
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