In the heat of the desert, air conditioners are a requirement for daily life. So, when yours makes your home as cool and comfortable as a sauna on a hot summer’s day, you need to know what’s happening and what steps to take.
Not So Cool
In this case, your system is running, but your home is getting warmer. The solution to this problem might be pretty simple. Air conditioners all have a filter. If yours seems to be particularly dirty, then your AC is working lots harder than it has to. That dirty air filter could also make the compressor break down sooner and the fans could fail as well. All of that costs money you don’t need to spend. Instead, replace that dirty filter and you’ll enjoy comfort and savings.
It’s also a good idea to check intakes and vents around your home. If there’s a build-up of dust, vacuum them as they can keep your air conditioner from doing its job.
Also, air conditioners need to drain properly. If yours is clogged up, it will impact the way it works. Clearing out the drain may restore it as well.
It Just Isn’t Working
It’s warm in your home and your AC just won’t start up. There are a few things you could do to see what’s happening.
You’ll want to head to the breaker box in your home to see if it has tripped for your AC. It’s usually on a switch that’s dedicated to just the AC. Also, if your box has fuses, then that might be an issue that needs addressing.
When it comes to the thermostat, it could be a couple of things. First, make sure it hasn’t been bumped. If it has, the system could just be off.
Many thermostats also come with batteries that need to be replaced from time to time. Those that do typically use AA or AAA batteries, with some using a 3V button style lithium. All of these are readily available at many stores and are easy to replace.
Another thing to check is whether or not the thermostat has died completely. To do that, be sure the power is off and open it up. Then unscrew the wires from the Y terminal. Turn the power back on and then touch the wire to the R terminal, holding it by the insulation only. If, after holding it there for two minutes, the compressor turns on, then your thermostat is faulty and a replacement is needed.
If none of these options work or you’d just feel better having a practiced hand to help, we’d be glad to pitch in. Our trained AC repair technicians can pinpoint any problem with an air conditioner and can get your home cool again in no time. Contact us today so we can work with you on this vital system in your home.