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Common A/C Problems That May Afflict Your Home

Common A/C Problems That May Afflict Your Home

common A/C problemsWhile most common A/C problems require only minor repairs or maintenance work, the cause of these problems isn’t always obvious to a non-professional. To keep your A/C running through the long, hot Mobile-area summers, take a moment to learn how to address the most frequently occurring problems.
  • Condenser not operating – First, make sure it’s getting power. The plug may have come loose or the power switch may have been bumped. A blown fuse or tripped breaker is another possibility. If power isn’t the problem, lower the thermostat setting five degrees and wait a few minutes. If the condenser still doesn’t start up, the motor may be faulty and require professional repairs.
  • Too little cooling – Sometimes just lowering the thermostat setting a few degrees will take care of this problem. On very hot days, your usual setting may not be enough to produce your preferred temperature. Because dirt buildup on your indoor evaporator coil can reduce your system’s cooling efficiency, clean the coil if it looks dirty. Light buildup can be removed with a soft brush, while spray-on foaming coil cleaner will work for moderate buildup.
  • No cooling – A system that runs but doesn’t cool is one of the more frustrating of common A/C problems, but it can often be solved with a thorough cleaning. Dirt and debris buildup on the outdoor condenser or the evaporator coil can block airflow enough to prevent your system from cooling. If the system is clean, a malfunctioning compressor or other component may be at fault. A refrigerant leak is also possible, so consult a professional promptly.
  • Short cycling – When your system kicks on then quickly shuts down again, it can’t cool or dehumidify effectively and the components suffer excess wear and tear. As with many common A/C problems, dirt buildup is often the cause. If your air filter is dirty, replace it. Then clean the outdoor and indoor coils as necessary.
Whether you’re having trouble with your air conditioner or you need help with any other home comfort equipment, contact us at Air Specialty, covering  Mobile, Alabama, Lucedale, Mississippi, and Saraland, Alabama.  
Summer in the South – Your Air Conditioner Deserves a Checkup

Summer in the South – Your Air Conditioner Deserves a Checkup

Air Conditioner checkupIt’s summer in Mississippi and Alabama, and it’s time to have your air conditioner serviced. This is something that should be done well before the warmer months to ensure that your cooling system will be running efficiently when you need it most, but better late than never. Here are a few tasks you can perform yourself, and some information on what a professional will handle during your service call.

Homeowner Air Conditioner Maintenance

The first step to preparing your cooling system for warmer weather is to thoroughly clean the coils. Coils are found on the outside portion of your air conditioner, but must be cleaned with great care. Because they are prone to breakage and clogging, it’s best to clear them out with something gentle, like a nylon brush or even a broom. You can use a garden hose, but be sure that you use it gently if you do. Another task you can easily handle is air filter replacement. Easily the most important step in air conditioner maintenance, a dirty filter replacement can provide you with a big jump in efficiency. It can also help to ensure that allergens, dust and debris don’t enter your home with the air from the conditioner. On most models, filter replacement is easy. You will typically find replacement instructions in your service manual, but if you aren’t sure how to change it out, you should contact an HVAC specialist.

Professional Air Conditioner Maintenance

Here are just a few of the tasks your HVAC technician will perform during an A/C service checkup:
  • Check system controls and thermostat calibration
  • Tighten electrical connections and lubricate moving parts
  • Inspect condensate drain for clogs or leaks
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils
  • Clean and adjust the blower motor as necessary
  • Check refrigerant levels

Schedule a Maintenance Call

Not everyone is knowledgeable in HVAC systems, and that’s where a friendly air conditioning repair and service specialist can assist you. For more information on air conditioning maintenance, or to schedule a maintenance call, contact Air Specialty today.  
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