Troubleshooting Your Air Conditioner

During the summer in Phoenix Arizona, the temperature can often reach over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. In such hot temperatures, an air conditioner (AC) is a must. The majority of homes, apartments and other buildings have air conditioning. While air conditioners help people stay cool, the units require maintenance to help ensure that they function. A few steps should be performed periodically during the entire year. Prior to calling a heat pump, ventilation, air conditioner (HVAC) company, a person should troubleshoot the unit. This step will save the customer money.

Glendale Arizona Heat PumpsSimple things like changing the filter, for instance, should be done once per month. Some people change the filter annually, and others never do. Changing the air filter helps to avoid air-flow problems in the future. Additionally, old filters will cause the AC to operate in an inefficient, money-wasting manner. The monthly-filter change will help the unit perform at its peak when it is in use. Clean filters help to improve the quality of air that is outputted.

Clearing the vents is a good way to know that the unit does not strain to force air. Clogged vents will make the unit work harder than it has to. This blocked air will cause the unit to operate inefficiently, thereby, wasting time and money by raising the utility bills.

When there is debris around the unit, such as leaves, grass, etc., it can cause the unit to work harder and rob it of efficient operation. Debris removal is an important step in maintaining the cooling unit’s ability. Debris that has accumulated on the outside of the unit is a good indication that the condenser coils may also be covered to some degree. When the unit and condenser coil are covered with trash, the result will be higher energy bills.

Look at the condenser coils on the air-handler side to determine if there is frost around them. Turn the unit off and wait for an hour or two. Feel the coils. The condenser coils should be cold. If this condition does not exist, it may be an indication that there is a coolant problem. It will become necessary to contact a Phoenix air conditioner specialist for further examination.

If the unit does not turn on, check the fan on the air-handler side and the inside of the unit. When it’s determined that the unit is not running at all, check the circuit breaker to see if a breaker has tripped. Turn the tripped breaker on. If the unit runs but trips the breaker again, a technician may need to be called.

If the unit does not turn on, another thing to check is the thermostat. Try adjusting the temperature five degrees up or down. If the unit still does not run, it may be time to change the thermostat. Call a service technician.

If the air does not cool enough when the unit is on, it may be an indication that the unit is in need of coolant. As stated above, the coil could be covered with debris which can reduce the ability of the AC unit to perform its task.

These inspections should be done during a cooler time of the year. It is not advisable to wait until temperatures reach as high as it does in Phoenix Arizona during the summer. Spring is a good time to perform these checks.

Troubleshooting the air unit can save money because a technician does not have to come to do it. These checks are simple and should be performed on schedule, if possible. Prior to coming out, many HVAC companies will ask if these tasks have been done.

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Temperature Masters
18814 N. 49th Avenue
Glendale, Arizona 85308
Office: 623-535-5512

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