What’s Wrong with My Air Conditioner?

5 common AC problems that could be causing your cooling problem.

What's WrongIs your air conditioner acting up? You might have one of the following 5 common problems. You can try to troubleshoot the issue on your own, or call the experts in air conditioner repair at General Heating & Air Conditioning for help.

Low Refrigerant

No matter what type of air conditioner you have, it is using some kind of refrigerant to help generate cooled air. If your unit develops a leak or otherwise gets low on refrigerant, you won’t be getting the level of cooling you need. Always get a professional to top off your air conditioner coolant to help prevent overfilling. Too much coolant can be just as much of a problem as too little.

Electrical Problems

If the electrical connections inside your unit are worn out, your compressor or fan may not turn on when they’re supposed to. This can result in no air or hot air coming from your unit. Electrical control problems are especially common in older systems that cycle on and off really frequently.

Thermostat Malfunction

If your thermostat’s batteries wear out or its temperature gauge starts malfunctioning, you won’t be able to get the precise cooling control you want. In window units, you also need to guard against the possibility of the thermostat sensor getting knocked out of place.

Dirty Filter

Dirty filters can restrict airflow significantly. When your air conditioner is working harder to blow air through a dirty filter, it can use 5 to 15 percent more energy than it should. Some systems will give you an automatic notification when the filter needs cleaning or changing. If you don’t have such a system, it is wise to create a schedule for filter maintenance and stick to it to prevent problems.

Duct Problems

Leaky, dirty, or improperly routed ductwork can have a huge impact on your comfort. If you notice that cool air comes out of some air registers while warm or even hot air comes out of others, you have a duct problem.

Call General Heating & Air Conditioning Now

At General Heating & Air Conditioning, we have experienced NATE-certified technicians ready and waiting to help diagnose and correct your air conditioner problem. We’ll provide our honest opinion as to the advisability of a repair versus as replacement, along with accurate estimates to help you make your choice.