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Troubleshooting Your Air Conditioning Unit

As the summer season slowly approaches, many people are beginning to look into the health of their air conditioning units in order to make sure that they are prepared for the seasonal changes. Often, performing these checks during the spring can be an excellent way to make sure that your device is functioning properly. Sometimes, however, whether because of age or poor maintenance procedures, you may experience a problem with your air conditioner. When this happens, while you may be tempted to call a repair service immediately, it is important to take the time to engage in a quick and easy troubleshooting procedure to help narrow down the problem to something that you will need to call a specialist for.

The process begins with turning your unit on. After it is on, put your thermostat setting to sixty five degrees and take the time to wait fifteen minutes. When you have done so, see if you can feel a difference in the room’s temperature. If you notice that there is no visible change, or if the room has even gotten warmer, then there is something wrong with the air conditioner.

The next step involves checking the fan to make sure that the problem is not with the mechanical part of the device. Go outside of your home, keeping your unit on, and take a look at the fans. If you notice that they are not spinning, then the problem may be with the motors themselves. Malfunctioning mechanical parts can be repaired by individuals who are proficient enough with mechanical devices, though sometimes a professional may be called in order to further ensure that the device is working properly again.

If you notice that the problem is not with the fans, then continue with the troubleshooting procedure. Sometimes checking thermostat readings again can help you figure out if the problem is with the thermostat. Take a look at the temperature reading and see if you notice something strange. If the room feels cooler than what can be seen on the thermostat, then you may need to hire a professional to take care of the thermostat repair.

If the problem is not with the reading, then your central air conditioner needs charged. In order to find out if this is the problem with your unit, put your hands in front of the vent that carries cold air into the room. If you notice that the air feels warm, but that the device is functioning properly otherwise, then you will need to have it freon charged in order to have it working again. Calling a professional to perform this is crucial to making sure that you are properly prepared for the hot weather. Having a specialist visit your home and inspect your unit can also help you become more informed about how it works, and how you can better manage it to get more reliable years of service.