Most homeowners and business owners for that matter don’t know very much about air conditioning units other than the fact that they work when the thermostat is adjusted. Though an AC unit can work for years, it doesn’t mean that it won’t break down at some point or exhibit signs that it needs repair. Dozens of things can go wrong with your unit, and it can be nearly impossible to account for all potential problems.
Bayair Air Conditioning & Refrigeration provide five of the main reasons your commercial or home air-con unit may need repair:
1. For your AC unit to work as it should, it needs to have ample refrigerant. The problem is that your unit may run out of refrigerant or develop a leak over time, in which case it will no longer work properly. If you suspect that this may be an issue for you, make sure that you call an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) specialist to take a look.
2. Your air conditioner may stop working one day from the next, in which case the issue might be a dirty filter. This is especially a reasonable diagnosis if your unit isn’t too old and you haven’t had any problems with it in the past. You can check the filter manually to see if it needs cleaning.
3. Even if you invest in the best air conditioning unit that money can buy, it’s important to think about preventative maintenance. If your unit isn’t maintained, it may start to exhibit signs of breaking down or malfunctioning. Hire an expert to annually take a look at your unit and to make sure that it’s working as it should. It’s better to fix potential problems before they become serious as it will save you time and money in the long run.
4. The actual problem may not always be your air conditioner. There are rare instances where your thermostat may be at fault. If your thermostat is low on battery or simply no longer functioning, it could cause your air conditioning unit to stop working altogether. This is an easy fix as all you’ll need to do is put in a new thermostat for your cooling system to start working.
5. Air conditioners work on cycles, which means that the unit itself has a sensor placed somewhere in your home to measure indoor temperatures. If your sensor is malfunctioning, your AC unit won’t know when to turn on and off. Of course, the problem isn’t always the sensor not working, but rather the fact that it was poorly placed. For example, if you have your sensor installed in one of the smaller rooms in your home and keep the door closed, it may cause the AC unit not to turn on as it senses that the room temperature is ideal.
If you notice that your air conditioning unit isn’t working properly, it’s probably due to one of the five problems highlighted above. Of course, in most cases, it’s best to call a professional to diagnose and repair the problem.