In the last two blogs, here and here, we talked about what you can do on your own when you are having issues with your air conditioning unit. So far we have only talked about what to do when you have having issues with the air blowing or not cooling at all. Today, we want to talk about what you can do when the whole unit is not working. When this happens, we tend to think the worst; that we will have to pay to get an all new unit. This may not always be the case. Troubleshooting Your Air Conditioning.
1. Check the electrical panel
It could be something as simple as a tripped breaker or a blown fuse that could be the issue.
2. Is the furnace switch on?
Maybe the furnace switch was turned off or the outside condenser power switch was turned off.
3. Turn off the power
Shut the power off to the unit and check the thermostat. You might need to replace the batteries in the thermostat. Wait a few minutes then try the system again.
4. Technical troubleshooting
If nothing has worked and you are up for it, you can open up the thermostat again and unscrew the wire to the Y terminal and touch it to the R terminal with the power on. If it works, you have a faulty thermostat. If it doesn’t, call a technician.
After trying all of these steps and finding that nothing is working, please call a heating and air conditioning technician at Alltech Air Conditioning.
In our last blog (Troubleshooting Your Air Conditioning Part 1), we talked about some of the troubleshooting tips that you can do when you are not getting any air out of your air conditioning unit. In this blog, we would like to talk about what you can do when your air conditioning is not cooling your home well. We all know that if you are cooling your home, you notice pretty quickly when it is not working so you will want to find a solution as quickly as you can. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to troubleshooting, these steps can help but if you are unsure what needs to be done, you can call Alltech Air Conditioning at anytime.
Turn off power
Just like anything else, the safest thing to do is turn the appliance off before you check out what is going on.
2. Remove the door and check the filter
In order to access the filter, you need to remove the door. Check the filter to see if you need to clean or replace it.
3. Look for ice
If there is ice around the coils, replace the door and turn the unit on again. The ice should melt within the next couple of hours.
4. Clean the drain
To get rid of the excess water that was created due to the unit removing the water from the air, you first need to clean the drain pipe of algae. Water is also likely to pool around the unit if there is a leak. After removing the water, check back to see if more water appears.
5. Check and clean the compressor
The compressor is outside of the unit and needs to be cleaned of debris and bushes. But the first step is to make sure that the compressor is indeed working. You will also see the fan running. If it is not, try to get it started with a screwdriver. If the fan starts going, then you may have a bad capacitor that will need to be replaced by a technician.
When you have an air conditioning unit installed in your home, you tend to forget that it is there until something goes wrong. Appliances like air conditioning have a tendency to fail on us on the hottest days off the year so we are not likely to be happy about the situation. Over the next couple of blogs, we want to talk to you about some of the troubleshooting tips that you can do yourself before you make the call to Alltech Air Conditioning. Remember, if you are not comfortable with doing any of these troubleshooting steps, that is okay, too. We can come out at any step of the process. First, we will talk about what to do if your air conditioner isn’t blowing air at all.
Turn the power off
Turning off the power will help you to see what is going on with the unit. Make sure that you turn off the gas as well if you have a gas furnace.
Remove the door
Take the door off of the front cabinet so that you can have access to the blower. By doing this you can see the number stamped on the belt so that you can get the correct replacement belt.
Replace the belt
Replacing the belt on the motor can be a difficult process. Once it is on, you can tighten the tension. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s specifications so that you have accurate tension.
If the motor and fan needs oil make sure that you add some while you have the door off. And again, follow the directions of the manufacturer.