Air conditioning is not a luxury anymore, but inste`ad a necessity. Can you imagine yourself waking up drenched in sweat in the middle of the night, only to realize that your HVAC system is not working? Well, surely a situation like this can make you uncomfortable.
The first thing in the morning would be calling an air conditioner repair professional. However, you may still be daunted by the idea of an AC breakdown and the costs associated with them. Thankfully, if you’d already know the possible reasons for the weird issues with your AC you can make a better judgment of what needs to be done and how much it would cost you.
This article, perhaps, deals with 5 of the most common air conditioning issues and the possible solutions to them.
Your HVAC Unit Is Not Cooling Properly
This is one of the most common issues that HVAC units bear with them. Well, at the start of every summer or winter this problem is quite normal and not all worrisome. But, even after getting your unit serviced before using it for the season, if you find that your HVAC unit is not cooling properly, there could be an issue with the refrigerant. Either your unit is undercharged or it could have been leaking the coolant. It is best to inspect visually for any signs of cracks or holes in the coolant system.
It Fails To Start/Stop
There are a number of possible reasons for your air conditioner to fail from starting or stopping. It could be simply a tripped breaker or it could be the overflowing shut-off switch. For simple issues like these, it is rather best to troubleshoot the issue on your own. For example, you can turn off the breaker switches on and off once or twice and then try switching on your AC unit. The real problem is if with simple solutions you cannot solve the problem. This is when you should seek professional help.
You Find Frozen Coils
One of the common reasons why your HVAC unit is not blowing cold air could be frozen coils. For instance, if you have a designated outdoor air system, you may find clogged filters, low refrigerant, or lower outside temperatures to be the reason behind frozen coils. Thankfully, all of these issues can be easily solved. You should simply turn off the cooling system and operate the fan only. This should help circulate the air around the coils and melt the ice.
Short On And Off Cycles
If your AC unit repeatedly starts or stops every few minutes, this issue is known as short cycling and it could be troublesome at times. While there could be several reasons from a bad thermostat to a structural issue, there are some common methods that you can try to solve this problem at home. You can begin cleaning your filters first and check for all the breaker switches and electrical components. If everything is working fine the problem could be serious and might need professional help. But in most cases, simple cleaning and refreshing the circuit could do the trick and reset the fault.
The Air Smells Wierd Coming From Your Unit
When you leave your HVAC unit inoperative for some time mold and bacteria build up inside the unit. These are the primary reasons for the weird smell coming from the unit, resembling urine or vinegar. The only way to get rid of the weird smells is to clean the unit thoroughly. You should dismantle your unit and open up the filters. Blow water through the unit (make sure not to wet the circuit boards), followed by dry air and then a deodorant. This should fix the problem and give you fresh air the next time you switch on your AC unit.
Most of the issues can be resolved at home and do not need any professional help. However, if you think that you do not possess the knowledge or the skills, it is best that you leave the task up to the professionals. After all, an AC unit is not cheap to buy or even repair.