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.
As a business owner, you want the inside of your store or office to be comfortable no matter what the season. If your building is constantly too hot or too cold, that could mean a loss in revenue. We understand that running the commercial air conditioning or heat costs money, but we want to give you some examples where we think it will help your business. Why Invest In Commercial Heating And Air Conditioning?
We briefly talked about this topic in this blog, but keeping your employees comfortable has a big effect on your business. If your employees are too hot or too cold, they will be more focused on getting comfortable than doing the work that they are paid to do. It will also help keep employee turnover rates lower. If your employees dread coming into work, eventually they will stop showing up. Whether you own an office or a restaurant, you have to have happy employees.
In businesses where you depend on customers coming into your building, you want to take care of every person that walks in. If the building is uncomfortably hot, your guests will not be able to enjoy their experience. They will leave and never come back. Not only that but they will tell everyone they know not to go. They could even tell people they don’t know on the internet not to go to your business. Same thing goes for your business being too cold. If you are eating in a freezing restaurant, your food will be cold almost immediately and your guests will not be able to eat it.
There are many reasons why you should invest in commercial heating and air conditioning. Look for more reasons in coming blogs. In the meantime, call Alltech Air Conditioning for a free quote.
Air conditioning has a very long history and has become more and more popular in the last few decades. Since HVAC is what we are experts on here at Alltech Services, we wanted to tell you some fun facts about air conditioning that we have learned. We hope that you find these facts as interesting as we do.
There is not a precise moment in time that air conditioning was invented.
In ancient Egypt, people used to hang reeds in windows where it absorbed trickling water and cooled the air blowing in through the windows. It also made the air more humid in the hot desert.
In Ancient Rome, water was circulated through the walls to cool them down.
In Medieval Persia, they used cisterns and wind towers to cool their buildings.
Modern air conditioning came in the 19th century, invented by American inventor, Willis Carrier.
Less that half of Australia’s population has air conditioning, compared to 60% of the United States population.
Air conditioning is partially credited for advances in medical technology, helping humans live longer and decreasing the spread of diseases as well as increasing employee productivity.
There is a talking air conditioning unit in the movie “The Brave Little Toaster” who is voiced by the late, great Phil Hartman.
People all over the globe still flock to movie theaters to beat the hot, summer heat. This trend started in 1917 because the majority of people did not have air conditioning in their homes.
We hope that you enjoyed our interesting air conditioning facts and we hope that it has made you want to install AC in your home. Call Alltech Air Conditioning today and we can make that happen.
Most people think that an air conditioning system is there to serve one purpose and that is to keep us cool on even the hottest of days. But in reality, it can help with more than just cooling the house down. We want to tell you about some of the other benefits to getting your very own air conditioning.
There are some people in this world whose body is not very good at regulating temperature. With an air conditioning system, you are able to control the temperature and the climate in which you live. New babies, as well as some animals and elderly people are not able to control their body temperature like adults can.. Being able to control the temperature means that they are able to prevent overheating and even heat stroke.
Air conditioning is also good for people who have severe allergies and asthma. The cold air that is blown out through the vents is cycled through an air filter which makes the air inside your home cleaner than it is outside. All you would have to do is make sure that you keep up with replacing the filter and cleaning the air ducts.
Cuts Down Noise Pollution
Have you ever walked into a residence or commercial building and heard the air conditioning running? If you have, something is wrong with their system. For the most part air conditioning systems are quieter than whispers. If you only have a window unit, you will notice a lot of excess noise making its way into your ears. This is because not only the unit is loud but you have to have an open window which allows road noise, birds, dogs, kids and a whole bunch of other sounds to come through.
When you are ready to get an air conditioning system of your own, call the professionals at Alltech Air Conditioning today.
In our last blog, we discussed some tips to save you money on your energy bills. In this blog, we want to go over some tips to keep your home cooler in general. Like everyone that has a cooling unit installed in their home, we want to stay as cool as possible. There aren’t that many people out there that enjoy sweating in the hot sun.
If you have the opportunity to choose where your AC unit is installed, choose a shady spot near your house. If the unit stays cool, then it doesn’t have to work so hard to cool the inside of your home. If you can’t choose where the unit goes, you can always create shade. Plant a shrub or tree or build something around it that allows the unit to get air and stay out of the sun.
If your windows have blinds, keep them down and keep the heat from the sun from coming in your house. If you are able to, you can also use external shades to stop the sun from the outside.
When you regularly clean and replace your air filters, then your unit can work more efficiently and produce cooler air. Cleaning the dust out of your filters can not only help you stay cool but will save you money on your energy bill.
Be careful not to set up your televisions or lamps or anything else that puts off heat, next to your thermostat. The heat can make your thermostat think that it is still hot in your house and will work harder to get your home cooled. This will exhaust the AC unit and cost you more.
The season is about to change to the warmer side here in Australia and that means that is almost time to turn on the Air Conditioning. Turning on your AC means that you will have to start paying more on your electric bill as the season goes on. Alltech Air Conditioning wants to help you save money this spring and summer with some helpful tips.
Don’t keep air so low
Experts say that if you keep your inside temperature at about 78 degrees, you can save 5% – 15% on your air conditioning bills. This might seem on the warm side but when you are coming in from the hot air outside, it will feel quite nice as you walk into your home.
A great way to save money is to use a fan to circulate the air in your home. Putting the fans on the upper level of your home and opening the windows on the lower level can help cool the air. You can also try putting a fan in the window and face it outside so that you can move the hot air out and get cold air in.
Don’t use the oven
When you use the oven or the stove, you are adding hot air into your cooled home. If it is at all possible, use the microwave or make dishes that do not require cooking. If you absolutely need to cook something wait until the evening so that temperatures are cooler.
The best way to save money is to keep your AC unit maintained and replace it when it is needed. That is where Alltech Air Conditioning comes in. We want to help you keep your energy bills low. Call us today to see how we can help.