An air conditioner has a simple job of producing cold air, but to do this job, a lot of complex parts are used. Any one of these parts can fail and stop the air conditioner from working. It’s not always easy to figure out what causes an air conditioner to stop working. Here are some common causes for air conditioner failure to give you an idea.
An air conditioner can’t produce cold air without refrigerant. When the air conditioner is first manufactured, a certain amount of refrigerant is put inside so it can go through the process of cooling the air. If there is a leak in the air conditioner, the amount of refrigerant will be reduced and the air that is expelled won’t be as cool and could even be warm. A skilled worker with a certification in HVAC repair can inspect the air conditioner for leaks, close them, and add more refrigerant.
Air conditioners are built to last for many years before they need to be replaced, as long as they are maintained correctly. The air conditioner will need servicing once a year to make sure that everything is working properly. Often people will forget to do this, or they just won’t bother until something goes wrong. The cost of repairs will be higher once the machine has broken down.
All air conditioners have filters that keep dirt from getting into them and keep dirt out of the air. When enough dirt accumulates on the filter, it will become clogged, and the air conditioner won’t be able to work. The solution is to replace the filter with a new one. The filters are fairly inexpensive, and you can buy multiples in one pack, so you can replace the filter multiple times a year if necessary.
Sometimes the thermostat may be causing the air condition to malfunction. The thermostat detects the temperature and triggers the air conditioner to work to reach the desired temperature. If the thermostat is detecting the wrong temperature, it will either keep the air conditioner from coming on because it thinks that the air is already cold, or it will turn on the air conditioner during undesired moments because it thinks the air is hot. If the thermostat is the only problem, fixing it or getting a new one will put the air conditioner back in working order.
The air conditioner has to work in conjunction with an outside fan to send cool air running through the vents in your home. This fan removes hot air from your home and blows it outdoors. When the fan stops working, the head can’t be removed, which will cause the compressor to overheat and the safety overload to trip off. This is only one possible outcome, as the worst case scenario is irreversible damage being done to the compressor that will prevent the air conditioner from functioning normally until it is replaced.
Identification of an air conditioner problem is the first step in fixing it. The problem should be easier to spot with these common causes. For residential and commercial air-conditioning repairs contact an air conditioning repairs company near you.