There are several causes of air conditioning unit breakdowns, but these problems usually do not require many repairs. If your AC system is constantly cycling or tripping circuit breakers, you may have an electrical problem. If your AC makes strange noises, it could be an issue with the compressor. This problem usually does not cost much to repair, but it can cause the unit to cycle excessively or freeze over. The issue may also be related to refrigerant or oil levels or pollutants in the system.
In addition to electrical issues, ACs can fail to receive enough power. Make sure the power to your AC is working correctly by checking the main electrical panel. A circuit breaker may have tripped and needs to be reset. If it is frequently tripping, you may have a power problem. If this is the case, it is advisable to call an HVAC technician immediately. Alternatively, if the AC is not working, you can replace its thermostat.
If your AC doesn’t shut off, a problem with the thermostat could be to blame. A malfunctioning thermostat can cause uneven temperatures in the home, which will increase your energy bill. If your thermostat is set too high or too low, this can cause the AC not to function correctly. Try turning off the heat and allowing the filter to dry before turning on the AC. Usually, the problem can be easily solved with some simple maintenance.
You should also check your AC’s capacitors regularly. As it ages, it will lose energy. Regular maintenance can help identify when a capacitor needs to be replaced. However, it is essential to consult an electrician, as performing DIY replacements could lead to an electric shock.
Additionally, if your AC has a bad capacitor, it may cause your AC to stop working and damage the motor attached to it. If this happens, you should call an AC repair service as soon as possible. A blocked filter can also cause airflow problems in your AC. In addition, a clogged air filter can also cause the evaporator coils to freeze, which will clog up the airflow. You should clean the filter with a soft brush and water to solve these issues. In some cases, the problem is related to the fan. The airflow will be restricted when the fan is blocked, and the air conditioner will not cool the house.
Another common problem that can cause AC units to stop functioning is a clogged drain. Water can also leak into the house. A clogged drain pan can cause this. A DIY solution is to clean out the condensate pan and check the drain pipe. If the drain is clogged, you can use a wet/dry vacuum to clean out the drain pan. The drain pan and the condensate pump may be blocked or broken in some cases. If you cannot fix the leaking issue, a technician will replace the components and prevent costly repairs.