A few decades ago, it was customary to build homes without air conditioning systems. Infact, only about 10 percent of homes built in United States has AC systems installed. Most Americans found other ways to cope with the summer heat and winter cold.
Today, you wouldn’t build a home without installing an air conditioning unit. Nobody will rend or but it. It. AC units are expected in the homes from day one.
Sometimes though these air conditioners will break down and stop working. When that happens, it is fairly easy to pinpoint the reason for the disruption. The reason could be something as simple as tripped circuit breaker which is fairly common to leaking Freon.
There could be several reasons why an air conditioner would stop working but diagnosing the exact cause might require the assistance of a professional AC repair specialist, but here are some common factors that could contribute to the malfunction of your air conditioning system.
The demand for air conditioning in the home has never been greater and this puts a lot of pressure on the network grid which can sometimes cause disruptions and blackouts. If you are experiencing AC issues, the first place to look at is your power source. Make sure the circuit breakers that feeds power to your AC is not inadvertently turned off. Check if the air conditioner is receiving power. A tripped circuit breaker, a blown fuse, or issues with the power supply can lead to a loss of power.
When you look at the how huge your AC system is, it is almost impossible to believe that your thermostat could be the culprit and cause of your issues. According to Brenda Ashaka, a senior manager with Alpha 4 Real AC Repair and Heating Service in Katy, TX, most homes are still equipped with old-style thermostats and these thermostats are past their due dates or may not be calibrated correctly. Incorrect thermostat settings or a malfunctioning thermostat can prevent the AC from turning on or cooling properly.
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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your home’s air conditioner works by having your evaporator coil turn your cold refrigerant into gas which is then pumped outside into your AC’s outside condenser where the heat is transferred outside. So your condenser removes hot air from your home while pumping in cold air into your home. The cycle continues and over time your home is cooled down. Now if your refrigerant is low, the process breaks down. Low refrigerant levels due to leaks or improper charging can hinder the cooling efficiency of the system.
Dirty or Blocked Filters
It is fairly easy to change your air conditioning filter. These filters are available at your local home repair retail stores and installing it is as easy as removing your dirty filter and replacing it with a new clean filter. Most homeowners however, do this regularly. They either forget to do that or they just do not believe it is important to do so but clogged and dirty air filters can stop your system from working efficiently. Clogged air filters restrict airflow, reducing the system’s efficiency and potentially causing it to overheat.
Other reasons your air conditioner might stop working include evaporator and condenser coil issues, fan problems, capacitor or compressor failure, frozen evaporator coil, ductwork issues and sensor problems.
It’s essential to approach troubleshooting and repairs with caution, and if you’re not familiar with HVAC systems, it’s advisable to seek the help of trained and experienced air conditioner technicians to address the specific issue affecting your air conditioner. Regular and annual maintenance and timely repairs can also help prevent many of these issues and ensure the efficient operation of your cooling system.
If your AC unit is not working optimally as it should, the trained and experienced AC repair technicians at Alpha 4 Real AC Repair and Heating Service offer 24-hour emergency air conditioning repair service in Katy, Houston, Sugar Land, Stafford, The Woodlands, Sealy, Pearland, Brookshire, Richmond, Rosenberg, and other nearby cities. Call us today 24/7 at 281-347-7325 and one of our experienced AC repair techs will be on the way to your home or business.