How to Troubleshoot Your Air Conditioning Unit
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How to Troubleshoot Your Air Conditioning Unit

The summer heat is harsh, and when your air conditioner is malfunctioning, it makes life at home feel uncomfortable. Common signs your air conditioner is having issues include your unit running for a long time without cooling down your home and a high electricity bill. Sometimes the issue is minor, and you can figure out what is going on with a bit of troubleshooting.

Most homeowners feel comfortable inspecting the AC unit, while others prefer to contact an HVAC professional. Both options are excellent, but if you like to troubleshoot, you can figure out the problem and fix small issues safely and easily. Troubleshooting also helps you understand your AC better and learn signs of upcoming issues such as hearing strange noises or noticing water leaks around the unit.

Here are troubleshooting tips for the most common air conditioner problems:

The Thermostat is Malfunctioning

Homeowners often panic when the air conditioner doesn’t work correctly. The first thing you need to do is inspect the thermostat. If the screen is blank, there’s a chance you need to replace the batteries to restore proper functioning. Most thermostats use standard batteries you can purchase at a local store or online.

This problem is easy to troubleshoot, but if you still have an issue after replacing the batteries, there is a possibility it can be a different issue with the thermostat.

Faulty Thermostat

Sometimes the connection to your air conditioner, thermostat, and furnace gets disconnected. Your thermostat is set to cool, but it doesn’t seem to turn on. Shorts are often caused by water damage or rodents. This issue is difficult for a homeowner to troubleshoot, so it’s wise to contact an HVAC professional for further assistance. A professional safely inspect the problem, determine the possible cause, and fix the issue quickly.

Electrical Problems with Your Furnace

Air conditioner and heater units work together to make your home more comfortable in any type of weather. A common issue is when water damage occurs that creates a malfunction, such as a short out. The furnace is responsible for circulating cold or hot air, and it contains complex wires and circuit boards to run properly. Since complex wiring is involved, a professional is recommended to prevent further damage to the unit and injury to homeowners.

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The most common signs for air conditioning problems are strange sounds, odor, high humidity levels in your home, moisture near the system, blowing hot air, and simply not working. If you need help troubleshooting your air conditioning unit, contact 4Front Energy today!

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