If you haven’t had any problems with your central air conditioner, you’ve been lucky. Many homeowners experience some kind of system problem that requires air conditioning repair. You can use the steps below to help you decide when to troubleshoot and when to call for air conditioning repair.
- The system no longer releases cool air. This is typically due to a lack of refrigerant, or the systems might need to be cleaned. If you haven’t given your air conditioning unit regular preventive maintenance, which includes checking the refrigerant, call in the pros.
- There may be occasions where your system won’t turn on at all. Before calling for air conditioning repair, make sure you check all circuit breakers. Turn the thermostat to “cool,” the furnace (air handler) power to “on,” and the A/C power switch to “on.” If nothing happens, you may need to calibrate the thermostat for accuracy — or you might have a more significant problem. Consult a professional.
- If temperatures in the home either 1) swing from hot to cold, or vice versa, or 2) get really low, then the heat-pump cycle might be off or the thermostat might installed in a bad location or need calibration. Adjusting the heat pump and thermostat requires air conditioning repair service.
- If you’re experiencing noise in the air handler, a professional should assess if the heat pump requires a belt change or if the blower’s bearings are worn out. For ductwork noise, a professional can inspect the system for thermal expansion. It’s also possible that some metal is loose. If you suspect that noise from the air handler is resounding through metal ductwork, you can install insulated ductwork to muffle the noise.
Problems are bound to come up from time to time. Knowing how to troubleshoot a problem before you call in the pros helps you save money and stay comfortable. The professionals at Jon Wayne Heating & Air Conditioning, the largest contractor for residential service in the San Antonio area, are standing by. Call us with your questions.
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