Common AC Problems And Their Solutions

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During summer, you want to be able to live in comfort by cranking up your air conditioner. At times though, your air conditioner may fall short. Here are some of the most common air conditioning problems and what you can do about them.

Rattling Noises

If you hear rattling, vibrations, or other noises when your air conditioner is running, it might not be the sign of a major mechanical issue. Often, it could just be a loose screw.

Check your ceiling air vents and intake vent covers to ensure that they're tightly secured. Then check your indoor air conditioning unit to make sure the access door is properly fastened; it may have come loose when you replaced your filter or during your last repair visit. Finally, go into your attic while your air conditioner is running so that you're able to see if it's the ducts themselves that are coming loose — a little tape could do the trick if it isn't at a joint that uses screws.

Not Sending Out Cool Air

If your air conditioner is running full blast, but the air coming out of your vents just isn't cool, there are several possible causes.

First, is your air intake vent in a laundry room, kitchen, or other hot room? An air conditioner can only bring down the air it takes in by about 15 to 20 degrees, so reduce activities that would heat up the location of the intake vent during the hottest parts of the day.

Next, look to the outside part of your air conditioner. If it's in the open sun on a concrete slab, it could be losing efficiency. This is because it has a hard time releasing heat when the air around it is already hot. Use a fence, trees, or bushes to provide shade and cool your outdoor unit down.

No Air Coming Out At All

If you hear the hum of your air conditioner, but don't feel any air coming out, the first step is to check and make sure that both the indoor and outdoor unit have power. If you hear one, you might not realize the other one tripped its circuit breaker.

If both units are on, the next most likely culprit is the AC has iced up and become blocked entirely due to poor air flow. To prevent icing, replace or clean the air filter.

If your troubleshooting efforts don't solve your problem, don't sit in discomfort. Click here to read more, and be sure to call an air conditioning repair expert to get help today.

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