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4 Common AC Issues and How to Troubleshoot Them

4 Common AC Issues and How to Troubleshoot Them

Is your air conditioner on the blink? Some common AC issues are fairly simple to diagnose and easy for a homeowner to fix. If you read through the following and take some of the basic steps outlined and your AC is still not performing well, then it’s time to call in the pros:

AC Will Not Run

Be sure the power to the system in turned on. Check the on/off switch near your indoor unit and check fuses and circuit breakers. Be sure your thermostat is set to AC mode, then turn it down well below the current indoor temperature. If the system still does not come on, call your HVAC contractor for further diagnosis or repairs.

System Does Not Cool Adequately

If your AC is running, but not cooling well, try lowering your thermostat a few degrees. If your house is still too hot, you may need to clean your evaporator coil to allow efficient heat transfer. Keep in mind that your cooling system may not be able to maintain a low indoor temperature on extremely hot days, especially if you have many windows that get direct sunlight.

System Is Running But Not Cooling

Check your thermostat setting. Clean tall grass, weeds and other debris from your outdoor unit that might be restricting airflow. If you do those things and are still not getting cool air, it could mean that your compressor is faulty or your refrigerant level is low. In either case, you should call your HVAC pro for help.

System Cycles Off and On Too Frequently

Frequent on/off cycling is often caused by a dirty system. First, check the air filter to see if it’s clogged, then clean the outdoor and indoor units to remove any dirt or dust that might be blocking heat transfer and airflow. If you are not sure how to clean your system safely, contact your A/C technician for help.

Call us at SSI for help with all your AC needs. We proudly serve the Orlando, FL, area with AC maintenance, repair and installation services.

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