4 Common Air Conditioner Problems Explained

A faulty air conditioner is a huge nightmare during the hot summer months. There could be many reasons why your air conditioner is not working properly. Recognizing those reasons is important to clarify whether it needs to be fixed by a certified HVAC contractor or if it’s a minor issue.

Here’s a list of 4 common air conditioner problems and their solutions to make your life easier during summer.

1) The Air Isn’t Cold

If the air conditioner is working but the air it produces isn’t cold, then it could be a dirty or obstructed air filter, clogged condensate drain or low refrigerant level. To resolve this issue, add more refrigerant to the air conditioner, clean your air filter and check for a dirty outdoor compressor. Another reason could be your thermostat is not on the correct setting.

2) The Compressor Is Not Running

Another cause of a malfunctioned compressor is defective wiring or faulty start capacitor. If this is the case, then it needs to be checked immediately because it is a fire hazard. To fix this problem, check your capacitor, clean the condenser coil and get new AC wiring done. If the problem persists, then replace your old compressor with a new one.

3) Water Is Dripping from the AC

Water leaks in the air conditioner can create a messy situation and damage your ceiling and walls. Possible reasons for this leakage are clogged or damaged drain line and condensate pump problems. If there’s a blockage in your drain line, then the condensation (moisture) formed on the evaporator coil doesn’t go out and backs up into your home. Clean the blockage and unclog the drain line to fix the problem. If the reason is a damaged drain pain or a condensate pump problem, then get it replaced.

4) The AC is Making Buzzing Noises

If your air conditioning unit is making a buzzing noise, then it’s obvious that something is wrong. Some of the common reasons for this problem are a malfunctioning compressor, damaged isolation feet, loose parts and frozen AC unit. For frozen isolation feet (small rubber feet on which the compressor is placed), get them replaced as it can get damaged over time due to continued usage. For loose parts, get them fixed and for a frozen unit, avoid overusing the unit during the hottest times of the year or get an annual tune up for better performance. If the compressor is not functioning properly, then get it checked by an HVAC contractor.

An air conditioner is an electronic device which can cause problems due to wear and tear. Some problems are temporary and can be avoided with proper maintenance while others are serious and need to be fixed by a professional. If you’re experiencing any of these problems with your air conditioner, then contact us for a thorough tune-up.

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