Top Common Air Conditioner Problems  

 

There are few things that are more important during the warm months of the year than your air conditioner. You never want to have an issue with your air conditioner unit when it is hot outside. However, the reality is that issues with your air conditioner do come up and can be very frustrating, especially if this means you do not have any cold air at all. In this article I will discuss some of the most common issues that you may have with your air conditioner and what causes them to happen.

Faulty or Broken Thermostat

The thermostat in your home is what helps regulate the temperature, if you didn’t know that already. However, the thermostat can start to malfunction and not accurately read the temperature inside your home. If it is reading that your home is colder than it actually is, then the air conditioner will not try to cool it down. If your thermostat is on the fritz, then you should contact your local Yelm WA air conditioning experts.

Broken Compressor

The compressor is the heart of the air conditioning unit. The job of the compressor is to take the refrigerant and send it through the system. If the compressor is failing, or is completely broken, then there will be no cool air in your home. One of the causes of failing compressor is little to no refrigerant. If your compressor is running with no refrigerant, then it will eventually stop working. You always want to make sure the system has refrigerant.

Low Refrigerant

If the compressor is the heart of the air conditioning unit, then the refrigerant is the lifeblood. If there is little to no refrigerant in the air conditioner unit, then the air conditioner will not cool your home. The thing about refrigerant is it does not evaporate. This means that you should never have to put anymore refrigerant into the system. If you have to add refrigerant, then there is more than likely a leak somewhere in the system. In order to determine if you have a leak or not, you will need to contact an air conditioning professional to take a look.

Blown Fuse

A fuse is what protects the motor in the air conditioner from overheating. If your air conditioner motor is not working, then there could just be a blown fuse. If you suspect there is a blown fuse, then you should contact an air conditioning professional to inspect the unit.

Clogged or Dirty Filter

One of the most common and easily remedied problems that an air conditioner may face is a dirty or clogged air filter. A clogged air filter will not allow much air to pass through. This will cause little to no air flow in your home. If this continues for too long, then the air conditioner may stop working completely. A good rule of thumb for changing air filters is to change it every couple of months during the hottest and coldest months of the year. Doing so will ensure good air flow and a strong ac unit.