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Common AC Problems and How to Fix Them

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3 Problems and How to Fix Them

There’s nothing worse on a hot summer day than coming home to a broken air conditioner. You open the door and a wall of warm air hits you, and it can be pretty frustrating. What is the problem, anyway? Isn’t the AC just supposed to work automatically?

Well, an AC is summer’s best friend, but it doesn’t just run automatically. Sometimes issues happen, and you should be aware of some of the most common problems that may arise.

Don’t forget, even if your AC starts to work again, you should get it checked out by an HVAC professional to ensure it isn’t continuing to develop damage.

AC Not Turning On

If your AC isn’t blowing air, or just won’t turn on at all, there could be several problems. First, make sure your circuit breaker hasn’t tripped. If the unit draws too much power, it may trip the circuit and won’t turn on until you fix it. If this happens frequently, call a local electrician or HVAC professional to investigate.

There may also be worn wires around your outside unit or other areas of the system. Check for any wire breaks or frays and fix any you find.

AC Not Cooling Home

If your AC is working but your home still feels warm, there may be an issue with the AC’s power, filter, or your thermostat.

A clogged filter will prevent air from efficiently flowing through your system and ductwork. Eventually, the air will be so weak that you will barely feel anything. Try changing your filter and remember to install a new one every 1 to 3 months.

Also, your AC may not be turning on at the right times, which could mean a problem with your thermostat. Make sure your thermostat is not directly over an air vent, which will cause it to read colder than the rest of the home and shut off sooner than it should.

Unit is Leaking

If your unit is leaking, it could be either condensation or refrigerant. Both problems are serious and require help from a licensed HVAC technician. You could try to add more refrigerant if the unit is blowing cold air, but a lack of refrigerant means that a leak is present, so adding more will only be a temporary fix.

All Your AC Solutions

The Korrect Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is your team for all air conditioning repairs. Contact our experts today at (937) 837-2333 for more information on how we can help you.