From 2006 to 2010, an average of 79.1 million households had air conditioning without heat pumps, 55.5 million using central air conditioning and 23.6 million using room air conditioners in one or more rooms. There's no arguing that air conditioning is a necessary comfort in many areas of the country, especially as the warmer weather starts to return. Of course, it's not uncommon for air conditioners to malfunction during the springtime for a variety of reasons, and before you invest in an AC repair service, it's important to understand why your air conditioning unit isn't working correctly in the first place. Here's a quick guide to exploring some of the most common springtime air conditioning issues.
Air Isn't Cool Enough
First, if you notice that the air coming out of your air conditioner isn't as cold as it should be, it could just be a problem with the condensing unit. Try cleaning the area surrounding this component, as it's not unusual for it to gather leaves, twigs, and other debris during the off-season. You should also ensure that nothing is falling inside the unit and that there's an open circulation of air flow.
Another potential cause for this issue is sunlight. If your unit is in a particularly sunny spot, chances are the air won't be as cold as it can and should be. Not only that, but it'll be forced to work harder to achieve the same output, which increases wear and tear on the unit and the subsequent need for AC repair services. Keep your air conditioning unit in a shady spot if possible.
Air Conditioner Won't Start
If your air conditioner won't start up at all, the solution could be as easy as turning your thermostat from the heating position to the cooling position. Other times, it could be a broken switch or a voltage spike. You may need to invest in a new thermostat if yours was old or outdated. If you're still not having any luck, it's best to leave it to the professionals and get an AC repair service.
Ultimately, knowing how to handle these springtime AC problems is the key to keeping your home cool all season long. For more information about air conditioning repair companies, contact Total Air Inc.