Wear and tear can be expected to occur on the air conditioner, as anything with moving parts eventually falters. More often than not, air conditioners are easily repaired and with routinely scheduled maintenance services from a trusted professional, you can minimize the likelihood of air conditioner failure. Generally, air conditioner manufacturers want to build a good reputation and produce high quality products air conditioners. The first thing to do when the air conditioner unit fails is to check the circuit breaker and fuses. After the unit has had 5-10 minutes to cool off, and the circuit breaker flipped, push it to the off position and back on. On a hot day, the central air conditioner’s compressor may have stopped because the high-pressure limit switch may have tripped. Simply rest the switch that is on the compressor’s access panel to get the unit working again. Today, we at North Country Aire would like to list the common issues that may also be the culprit if the above issues do not seem to be the problem.
Faulty AC Electric Control Problems
When the air conditioner turns on and off frequently or, more commonly so, the air conditioner unit is oversized, the compressor and fan controls eventually wear out. Corrosion of wire and terminals is also a potential issue for many units, but with professional maintenance services, the electrical connections and contacts should be taken care of to prevent escalation of this problem.
Bad Thermostat Temperature Sensor
The thermostat sensor, generally located behind the control panel, can be faulty as it is designed to measure the temperature of air coming into the evaporative coil. In the event that the sensor is knocked out of position, the air conditioner will cycle constantly or behave erratically. Carefully bending the wire that holds it in place and adjusting it can fix this issue. The sensor should be near the coil but not touching it.
Air Conditioner Refrigerant Leaks
More than likely a leak but can stem from insufficient charge at the time of installation, is indicated from low refrigerant. Refrigerant does not deplete with use, like gas or oil, but it continues to recycle throughout the cooling process. Unfortunately, the solution for a leak is not enough to add more refrigerant. Because a licensed professional is the only authorized handler of refrigerant, a technician will need to repair the leak, test run it to ensure the repair is efficient, and recharge the unit according to manufacturing guidelines. The manufacturer’s specification is important for the refrigerant levels to ensure the unit’s performance and efficiency.
Clogged AC Drain Line
The drain line should be checked periodically, especially on humid days to make certain there are no clogs in the condensate drain. The unit needs to be mounted level to drain properly as well.
Lack of Air Conditioning Maintenance
When the filters and air conditioning coils become dirty, the air conditioner will not work properly, often causing premature failure on the compressor or fans. To keep the air conditioning unit running and operating well as well as reducing the risks of breakdowns and repairs, invest in professional maintenance regularly schedules.