When summer arrives, temperatures typically soar dramatically. Too often, homeowners experience a sudden and unexpected AC malfunction. Unfortunately, most people lack the necessary know-how to handle complex AC unit repairs. This could lead to spending many hours in a sweltering home. Fortunately, there are quite a few simple solutions to common AC problems you’re likely to encounter. Should you experience one of these issues, you could save money and time by performing simple troubleshooting procedures.
If you notice that your AC system is acting unusually, it is a good idea to act quickly. If you’re wondering what you can do here’s some things for you to try:
1. AC Won’t Turn On
There’s nothing worse than an AC system that does not activate at all. This could be caused by a few issues. The most likely problem is electrical — a blown-out fuse or circuit breaker. You can reset the circuit breaker after locating it in the electrical panel. On the other hand, if your fuse is in good working condition but the problem persists, the issue could be stemming from the thermostat. An improperly set or faulty thermostat will not signal the unit to start operating. Resolving serious electrical AC issues requires a lot of care and expertise. Let a proficient technician replace a faulty thermostat for you.
2. Foul Smells
An air conditioner that emits foul odors can create severe discomfort. It could even be a serious health hazard. Watch out for the presence of mold and mildew in the ductwork. Moreover, dirty evaporator coils and clogged condensate drains could lead to bad smells. To alleviate the issue, clear the air filters and unclog the drain pans. Clean the evaporator coils carefully and eliminate any buildup of particulates. Even though it may be tempting, avoid covering up these smells with aerosols or scented candles. Finding the cause and getting rid of the issue is the safest alternative.
3. Strange Noises
You may hear your unit making strange sounds while in operation. Banging noises usually indicate that some component is loose and a screw needs to be tightened. For instance, you should check to see if the indoor blower is unbalanced. Clanking noises typically hint at a problem with the blades. Make sure that the blades are not out of balance. Straighten them to avoid rubbing against other parts. Buzzing AC noises could indicate a myriad of problems. These include:
- Clogged air filters
- Clogged condenser coils
- Refrigerant leaks
- Out of balance blowers
4. Not Cooling
You may have an AC unit that seemingly runs properly but does not cool your indoor surroundings. A buildup of grime in the indoor unit can lead to inconsistent thermostat performance. The thermostat will have problems reading the actual room temperature and may, therefore, not cool the household to the desired setting. Clear any grime from your unit. In such a case, it is also useful to ensure that the thermostat sits level.
5. Poor Airflow
An AC system that has a weakened airflow is not working to its full potential. To restore its performance, replace or clean the air filter and make sure that the return vents are not blocked. Moreover, make certain that the ductwork is not crushed or bent.
6. Frequent Cycles
Your AC unit may also turn on and off before completing its cooling cycle. This is usually termed as short or frequent cycling. It leads to an uncomfortable indoor environment that is cooled insufficiently. A common cause of this problem is a faulty thermostat. To ensure that the thermostat sensor is getting the correct readings, place the device away from any heat source. This includes bulbs, furnaces, and even kitchen appliances. It is also beneficial to ensure that the thermostat sits level and is clear of any debris.
Contact Us Today
If your AC system acts up suddenly, you may feel stranded. It is advisable to leave any serious repairs in the hands of a trained professional. At Gunthers, we boast over 100 years of experience and history serving the American Fork, UT, region. Rest assured that we have all the parts, tools, and materials needed to resolve your AC problems competently. Our crew excels at AC and heating system repairs, installations, and even tune-ups. We also proudly offer indoor air quality assessments and solutions as well as plumbing assistance too. Contact Gunthers today to learn all the ways we can be helpful with your indoor climate comfort needs.