Air Conditioner Not Working

During the summers there is no better comfort than a spell of cool breeze and nothing but an air conditioner can match your expectations. After a long day at work when you reach home and get to enjoy your pleasant air conditioner you feel really good. But suddenly if your air conditioner stops functioning you are left baffled and run from pillar to post to make it functional once again. There are several reasons as to why an air conditioner stops functioning. Some of them may not be that serious while the others can be quite grave requiring the attention of an HVAC specialist. However, it is recommended when your air conditioner stops working instead of calling the technician immediately you can try out a few DIY methods.

When your air conditioner stops working there are certain things that you can do. First of all you need to check whether the thermostat is set to cool and also find out whether the indoor unit is running which means whether it is blowing out air from the room air vents.

In case you hear the compressor running but the fan motor is not running then there are chances that either the motor or the capacitator of your system is bad. There are several ways to test the capacitator. In case you can take out your capacitator and find out that it is perfectly fine, then chances are high that the motor of the air conditioner has gone bad. On the other hand, when you cannot hear both the compressor and the fan motor running then it is important that you explore a little further to find out the exact problem. In fact, if you are not confident enough you can get in touch with an expert HVAC technician to detect the exact problem and address it accordingly.

Now let us have a look at some of the common problems that causes malfunctioning in an air conditioner. They are the following:

Dirty Filters: When the air filters of the system are dirty the air cannot flow freely thereby reducing the cooling capacity. In such a scenario, the best option is to either clean the filters or replace them completely.

Dirty Coils: It is the condenser coils that dissipates the heat outside. When the coils become dirty it becomes difficult for it to remove the heat efficiently thus reducing the cooling capacity of the air conditioner. Hence, it is important that the condenser coils are cleaned at regular intervals.

Insufficient Coolant: When there is insufficient coolant in the system it is unable to send appropriate cool air within the rooms thus reducing the efficiency of the air conditioner.

Faulty compressor: Compressor is the heart of an air conditioner. So when the compressor becomes defective it is obvious that the air conditioner will not be able to function properly.

Faulty Thermostat:
A thermostat of an air conditioner is the sensor that senses the room temperature and asks the compressor to start or stop cooling. In case the thermostat goes bad the compressor may stop cooling or may go on cooling continuously.

Improper Size of the Air Conditioner: If you have an air conditioner that is not of the right size, it is certain that you will not receive the desired level of cooling. Hence, before buying an air conditioner it is important to do proper load calculation.

 

 

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