4 Tips for Common AC Problems


Now is not a convenient time for the AC to stop working, but fortunately, a few air conditioner troubleshooting tips may be all you need to fix the problem. Try out these four potential solutions to your problem and call in the pros only if necessary.

Condenser Won’t Run

  • Check the power: Make sure the air conditioner is plugged in. Then inspect the circuit breakers and reset any that have tripped.
  • Inspect the thermostat: Improper settings may prevent the condenser from running. Turn down the temperature 5 degrees and see if that makes a difference.
  • Call a professional: If these air conditioner troubleshooting tips don’t fix the problem, you probably have a faulty motor or compressor on your hands. Call a professional to diagnose and fix the problem.

Unit Can’t Keep Up With Demand

  • Lower the temperature: Feeling overheated inside your home could simply be due to the thermostat being set too high.
  • Clean the evaporator coil: The indoor evaporator coil can become dirty over time. Clean it gently to remove settled dust and let the air conditioner run for a few hours.
  • Be realistic: On especially hot Florida afternoons, you may not be able to keep your home at 70 degrees. If it’s constantly difficult to keep up with demand even on relatively mild 82-degree days, your air conditioner is likely undersized.

A/C Runs But Doesn’t Produce Cold Air

  • Examine the condenser: A dirty or blocked condensing coil could cause the air to feel less cold. Hose down the entire outdoor unit, remove any debris caught in the fins and cut back foliage if necessary to improve airflow.
  • Call a professional: Improper refrigerant charge or a faulty compressor require the attention of a professional.

Short Cycling

  • Clean the A/C: Clean the condenser and evaporator coils according to the suggestions above. A quick cleaning should fix the problem. If not, you probably have an oversized system that is bound to short cycle for the duration of its lifespan.

If these air conditioner troubleshooting tips don’t fix the problem, please contact us at Gulf Coast Air Systems in Tampa Bay to take a look.

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