Air conditioners are great until they stop working. Almost without fail this will happen on the hottest day of the year, leaving you and your family hot and miserable and desperate for some ice-cold relief. Fortunately, our air conditioning repair team in New Braunfels can help get your unit back up and running again in no time. We’ve seen it all when it comes to air conditioning problems, but here are some of the most common reasons people call us and what’s usually to blame.
Common Air Conditioning Issues and What’s Causing Them
Less air is coming out of the unit than usual.
If you still feel some cool air but not as much as you are used to, there is probably a blockage somewhere that’s holding the airflow back. This is an issue that can slowly become worse over time, happening so gradually that you might not even notice it until one day you realize that there is barely any air coming out of your vents. This can be caused by a number of issues, most commonly caused by a dirty air filter. The air filter on your AC unit is designed to help trap particles and dust and prevent it from being blown out of your vents and into your house. Most filters will last about three months, or for a much shorter time if you have pets or a lot of air pollution in your area. You should change them frequently to avoid issues with air flow.
Air conditioner won’t shut off even though it’s freezing inside.
If your air conditioner is running overtime even though you have your thermostat set to a comfortable level, there is probably something else kicking it into high gear. If the thermostat is in an area that’s getting additional heat, that’s probably the issue. While the rest of your home is too cool, the area around the thermostat (where it’s taking the reading for the temperature) could be warmed by the sun or even by appliances. Believe it or not, even some televisions produce enough heat to trick the thermostat into thinking the AC needs to be on. If the AC won’t shut off, check to make sure it isn’t sunlight or an appliance that’s messing with your thermostat.
Water is leaking around the unit.
If you notice water around your air conditioning unit, it’s a sure sign of trouble. Your air conditioning needs to drain off water that’s created during the condensing process. That water usually drains out of the unit and into a drain pan. If the drain pan becomes full or blocked, that water is going to spill over the edges and leak around your unit. That can cause more damage to your air conditioner which could be more expensive to repair. Make sure that the area around your air conditioning units is free of debris that could clog it up.
Air conditioner won’t turn on or you don’t hear it running.
If the thermostat is set correctly and you still don’t hear anything coming from your air conditioner, then it’s almost certainly a mechanical problem. There are a lot of moving parts inside an AC unit, and if something goes wrong with one of them it’s likely none of them are going to work. It could be an issue with the motor inside the AC which is responsible for powering the compressor and the fans. Silence isn’t golden when it comes to air conditioners so a call to a professional is a good idea in this instance.
Air coming out of the vents isn’t cold.
You want your air conditioner to produce as much cold air as possible to help you keep your house cool during the hot summer months. When the air coming out of the unit is barely cool or even lukewarm, it’s a sign of trouble. This is usually due to one of two things. First, it could be that you have a leak in the unit and the refrigerant is leaking out or needs to be topped up. Secondly, it could be an issue with the compressor. The compressor is the piece in the air conditioner that’s responsible for making the air cool, so warm air could be a sign of trouble in that area. Of course, it could also be an issue with the evaporator coils or condenser coils. In any case, you’ll want a professional to come take a look in order to accurately diagnose the issue.
Let Our Professional Team Diagnose Your AC Issues
Because of all of the complicated parts that go into making your air conditioner work, there are a number of things that could go wrong and cause the issues that we’ve listed above. When you call our air conditioning repair team, we’ll take time to listen to you about the issues and start to formulate an idea of what might be going on that’s preventing your AC from working correctly. However, we’ll need to visit your home and examine the unit in order to really assess the situation and let you know what we can do to fix it. Thankfully, our years of experience in the HVAC industry have trained us well and our team will be able to diagnose and fix any air conditioner issues quickly so you can get the cool air you need. Get in touch with us today to schedule an AC repair appointment right away!