How to Troubleshoot Your AC Like a Pro

How to Troubleshoot Your AC Like a Pro

While you’ll want to call on a professional for certain air conditioning problems, sometimes all your AC needs is TLC and home repair. Even if you’re not the handiest person, here’s how you can start troubleshooting your AC problems like a pro.

The Problem: Air Conditioning is Running but Not Cooling Your Home

  • Solution 1: When your AC isn’t cooling your home, there could be a few issues at hand. When you run into this problem, the first thing you should always do is check the thermostat. It’s possible that the thermostat accidentally got switched to the ‘heat’ setting.
  • Solution 2: If the thermostat isn’t the issue, check that the condenser isn’t dirty. If the condenser is dirty, carefully clean the fins and coils.
  • Solution 3: Check the refrigerant levels. Checking to see if the refrigerant is low is something that you can do yourself, but if the levels are low, call a professional right away.

The Problem: The Air Conditioner Turns On and Off Frequently

  • Solution 1: If your air conditioner is turning on and off too frequently, it’s likely due to a dirty condenser. This is an easy fix—simply clean the fins and coils, making sure not to bend any of the fins.
  • Solution 2: It’s possible that the evaporator is dirty and causing your system to turn on and off frequently. To clean the evaporator, shut off the AC unit, remove the evaporator panel, and clean any debris that may be impeding the AC.
  • Solution 3: A blocked condenser unit could be the culprit. To troubleshoot and repair this issue, simply locate the condenser unit and remove the debris that is blocking the condenser—this could include grass, vines, weeds, and any other organic debris.

The Problem: The AC is Running, but Rooms are Different Temperatures

  • Solution 1: This is a common and frustrating issue, but can be easy to troubleshoot. If your system isn’t evenly distributing cool air, check that the system is balanced. Check the outside unit and ensure that it hasn’t sunk or is being impeded by any type of debris.
  • Solution 2: This problem could also be caused by an AC system that is too small for your house. It’s not uncommon for untrained technicians to install an air conditioning unit that isn’t the right size, so if you think this may be the issue, call one of our trained technicians to diagnose and repair the issue.

Call Engineered Air for AC Troubleshooting or Repair

Troubleshooting AC issues yourself can be easy, but sometimes you’ll need the help of a professional from Engineered Air. At Engineered Air, our #1 priority is your home’s comfort so we work to ensure that any issues with your AC are diagnosed and repaired right away! Contact Engineered Air to learn how you can help your home feel its best. For more blogs on everything HVAC, click here.