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Common Causes Of AC Failure

Few experiences are worse than discovering that your air conditioner has failed. Maybe it was making a strange sound, or possibly it just quit working, but you are stuck in a house that is hot and miserable. And getting an HVAC expert out to your home is not always as fast and straightforward as you would like it to be. So you begin to wonder if there is anything you can do to get the AC back on before your expert arrives. In most cases, you will need to wait for your HVAC person to arrive. But there is one thing that you can check that could be to blame for your lack of cool air.

Check The Power

When you come home to find that the air conditioner is not working, you should hope that some clocks around the house are blinking. This is typically an indication that the power was off for a bit. And there is a slight chance that your air conditioner is fine. All you need to do is reset the breaker. First, be sure that the AC is turned off, and then take a look at the breaker or breakers that power the unit. If the breaker is tripped, reset it and then go turn the AC back on. With any luck, you just solved your issue of no air conditioning.

No Such Easy Fixes

Several other common issues could be plaguing your AC. But these are not going to be such easy fixes, even for a DIY pro.

  • Leaking Refrigerant- Almost all AC systems have a closed refrigerant system. If that liquid is leaking, then the AC will not be able to provide you with cooled air. In addition, this is a hazardous liquid that you, your loved ones, and your pets should avoid. When you discover a leak at the outside AC equipment, call (850) 831-4599 for immediate service. Also, be sure to keep everyone away from this toxic liquid and the area of the AC equipment until the issue is professionally corrected and cleaned up.
  • A Frozen Coil – When you see that the outside evaporator coil is frozen over, it is vital to turn the AC off immediately. There are two common reasons for a frozen or iced over coil. The first is that there is a coolant leak. If this is the case, you should be able to spot the leaking coolant and know that a pro will need to make this repair. However, the other reason for the ice over could be a dirty air filter. Poor airflow through a clogged air filter can result in the unit freezing up. Check the air filter and replace it if it is covered in dust. Then let the unit thaw out before turning the AC back on.
  • Neglect/No Maintenance – This is often a hard thing for a homeowner to hear. But the cause of your AC failure could be attributed to a lack of proper service and care. There are many moving parts and components inside an AC system that need regular maintenance and cleaning. Without service, these parts begin to wear out and will undoubtedly damage other components when they fail. A single worn belt can damage numerous other components when it snaps and flies around the inside of the AC unit. The best way to avoid these costly repairs is to schedule professional maintenance each year.

Call (850) 831-4599 to schedule service or a repair when your AC is not keeping your home cool and comfortable. The Payne’s Heating and Air Conditioning  experts will provide a free price quote for any necessary repairs, and we back all of our work with a full warranty.