Come the spring season you will want to begin preparing your home air conditioning system for the upcoming summer heat. However, even after having your air conditioner tuned up for the summer, you will still want to watch for unexpected air conditioner problems or repairs needed. JMS Air Conditioning & Heating will share the common signs and problems that a central air conditioner may develop during this summer season.
Central Air Conditioner is Not Working
When the air conditioner shuts down unexpectedly, in most cases there is nothing wrong with the air conditioner, however there may be a problem with your thermostat. Some thermostats won’t activate the air conditioner if the thermostat is out of battery or even is set on the wrong setting. Another common problem is when the air conditioner has tripped the breaker. If thermostat is working and is set to the correct setting, check the breaker to your air conditioner. If the breaker hasn’t been tripped, there may be a problem with the connection to the power supply. If you can’t determine the cause or problem then contact a licensed HVAC technician.
Air Conditioning is Blowing Hot Air
When you have a central air conditioner blowing warm air instead of cool air, this can be due to a variety of different problems. Often when the central air conditioner blows warm air it is due to lack of air flow or restriction. Start by checking the air filters and see if they need to be replaced. Next check outside around the outdoor unit. See if any debris or weeds, or other vegetation has overgrown around the unit. Clear away any of debris or overgrown vegetation and make sure there is at least two feet of clearance around the air conditioner. If the central air conditioner is still blowing warm air then the refrigerant may need to be refilled. If there is a leak in the refrigerant reservoir, it may need to be repaired or replaced. Refrigerant can only be refilled by a licensed HVAC technician if the levels are low.
Central Air Conditioner Leaking Water
When you have your central air conditioner leaking or dripping water this can be due to a clog or break in the drainage pipe. The drainage pipe may need to be repaired, replaced or simply cleaned out. However, in some cases the coils or copper coolant line may have frozen over which can result in dripping or leaking around the air conditioning unit. When coils or coolant lines freeze, again this can be caused by restricted air flow. Therefore, you will first want to check the air ducts. You may need to turn off the air conditioner until the ice melts. However, if your coils or coolant continues to freeze up, the internal evaporator coils may need to be cleaned. If they are badly bent or damaged, the coils may need to be replaced or repaired.
Central AC Troubleshooting, Repair & More in Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Agoura Hills & Greater Los Angeles, California
If you have problems this spring or summer with your home’s central air conditioner then contact JMS Air Conditioning & Heating. We provide HVAC services including replacements, repairs and inspections to make sure you stay cool this summer.