Air Conditioning Troubleshooting Tips and When to Buy a New Unit
The sun is higher in the sky, warming things quickly. The yard is slowly losing its winter-brown for shades of green, and buds are now starting to show in the trees. Have these changes in the weather prompted you to start thinking about the cooling season yet? Very soon you’ll be turning on that air conditioning unit for its inaugural run. Will it cool things as it should? Or will you be forced to make a service call and sweat it out (literally) until an HVAC technician can make a visit. Is it fixable? How will you know when it’s time to buy a new air conditioning unit?
When you turn the air conditioning unit on for the first time, pay attention to how it runs and cools. If it doesn’t seem to be cooling as it should, consider some of these common problems:
Fan: Is the fan running? Check the outdoor unit to see if the fan is moving. If not, you need to call an HVAC tech for a diagnostic check-up.
Thermostat: If the fan is running but it’s not cooling, check to see if the thermostat is working properly. Turn down the setting to 65-degrees and see if things change. If there isn’t a change in the reading on the thermostat, that may be your problem. If you do need to replace your thermostat, consider one that is programmable to best manage your home’s ideal temperature. Just remember that although some homeowners (who are handy) can switch out a thermostat, many require the skills of an expert.
Air Temperature: If the fan is running and the thermostat is working, but your house still isn’t cooling down, check the air vents. If there is air coming out the vents, but it’s not cool, you may need a Freon charge. The good news there, is that a Freon charge is a quick fix – but it’s nothing you should do yourself, it requires a service call.
Air conditioning units can last as few as ten years if you run the unit nonstop, 24/7. In the Midwest, it’s not uncommon for air conditioning units to last up to twenty years. If your air conditioning unit is getting up there in years, is causing you chronic service calls, it could be time for a new unit. Find a Minnesota HVAC tech you can trust and discuss your options. If you do find yourself needing a new energy-efficient air conditioning unit, you can be sure it will cool your house this summer and save you money in energy costs, as well.
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