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5 Common A/C Problems – and What to Do About Them

Common A/C problems

Our first serious heat wave of the summer is here—but it won’t be our last, according to experts. Is your AC up to the challenge?

As you run your cooling system through its paces – and schedule your routine service – you might hit some bumps in the road. Here are some of the issues you may encounter – and what to do with them if you do.

If your A/C isn’t running at all:

  1. Make sure your thermostat setting is in the “AC,” “cool,” or “fan” position, and that it is set for at least 5 degrees below the current room temperature.
  2. Make sure all circuit breakers are turned on.
  3. Make sure power switches are on in both the outdoor and indoor units.

Still not running? Contact us for service.

If your A/C is running, but not as well as you think it should, try:

  1. Cleaning or replacing your filters 
– Keep air intakes clear to ensure adequate airflow and prevent your unit from overworking (filter replacement is included in your Annual Tune-Up).
  2. Watching for efficiency issues – Improperly maintained equipment can lose 5-10 percent efficiency or more every cooling season, and it will eventually lead to costly repairs. If you notice your bills are higher than usual, or that less cool air is coming through your vents, it’s probably time for service.
  3. Making sure windows and doors are closed – Overwork can lead to higher bills – and eventually costly repairs).
  4. Making sure your A/C unit is right-sized – If you’ve built an addition to your home and haven’t upgraded your air conditioner, it may have to overwork to cool your space. The same unnecessary wear and tear can occur if your unit is oversized, since constant on/off cycling will tax the compressor and fan controls.
  5. Checking for refrigerant leaks – If your refrigerant is low, it’s probably due to improper installation or a leak. Either way, you’ll need a trained technician to service your cooling system.

Still having problems? Contact Casey Energy for fast, expert AC service today!