Common Problems with Your Air Conditioner and How to Fix Them

by Don Rackler on

Nothing is worse than dealing with a broken air conditioner in the hot summer months. Having an air conditioning system that doesn’t work can end up costing you a lot of money to repair or can end up creating larger electrical bills. When you have a system that works properly, you are not only likely to end up enjoying the season more, but you are also likely to end up paying the right amount for cooler air. Here are some common problems you might find yourself dealing with when you have a broken air conditioner.


Improper operation. 

More often than not, there is usually not something wrong with the air conditioner itself and it can be fixed just by taking a look at if everything is connected or not. You will want to check that everything is in order and that it was installed properly in your home. Make sure to close all of your windows if the air conditioning system is on and that everything is hooked up the way it is supposed to be.


Problems with your refrigerant. 

One common problem you might be facing is when the refrigerant is not working. This is the main part of the air conditioner that cools your home, so if it is not working, then it’s likely you are just wasting energy and you aren’t receiving any cool air. Not only could it be down, but it could also be leaking or low, so it’s worth it to check this out when you are noticing that little to no cool air is circulating in your house.


Problems with your sensor. 

This tends to specifically happen to window units. It’s very easy to have a sensor knocked out of place just by handling the air conditioner. Luckily, this is something you can easily fix yourself. You’ll want to bend the wire holding the sensor in place and put it back to its proper position. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, then you should think about bringing someone in to take a look at it.


Problems with your thermostat. 

Very few people realize that sometimes their machines simply can’t read their internal thermostat correctly. When your air conditioner doesn’t know what the temperature is, it won’t know when to turn on and when to cool your home. You might need to make sure that it is turned on or that it has a new set of batteries. While this is a problem you might never run into, it’s also one that is quite common and easy to fix on your own.


Problems with your drainage. 

Having a clogged drain is another problem you might not think about having. Again, this is something you can easily fix yourself, but if you have any questions or concerns, the best thing to do is contact a professional who can help you. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and when you have hired someone who you know you can trust to do a good job, they can help you to avoid these types of problems with your air conditioner in the future.

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