Apr
02

How to Know if Your Air Conditioner Is Broken

No matter how expensive or well-maintained your AC unit is, there will always come a point where it’ll get damaged. Before you know, it is no longer functional and your only solution is to replace. However before you reach the worst case scenario, it’ll be better if you can detect the signs of a broken AC so that you can seek repairs immediately.

 

Keep cool and troubleshoot when your air conditioner acts up.

On a hot summer night, it’s always good to hear the comforting sound of your air conditioner clicking on, followed by the cool air blowing through the vents. But when air conditioning fails to work properly, it can mean several hot, sleepless nights waiting for a service call. While the cool air will be a welcome relief, the repair bill probably won’t. Troubleshooting your air conditioner while you’re waiting or before you even make the call might get the cold air blowing again. Even if you need to call a technician, it will be good to have an understanding of what might be wrong with your air conditioner.

Check the Power

If your air conditioner isn’t turning on, you might simply have a tripped circuit or a blown fuse. Locate your electrical panel and look to see if any of the switches have moved to the center position. If you see one that’s been tripped, turn it off and on again. That might solve the problem. If none have been tripped, locate the switch that operates your air conditioner. If you have a central air unit, it might be marked “furnace” since often the furnace’s blower is used to distribute cold air throughout the house. Turn the switch off and on. That might be enough to reset the connection and get it to work. Your furnace may have a fuse that’s necessary to operate the blower. Locate and check that as well. You’ll be able to tell it’s burned out by a dark spot in the glass portion of the fuse.

Turn on the Fan

One way to determine whether or not your central air system is getting power is to turn on the fan. You’ll find it right next to the “auto” switch. If you switch the fan to “on” and the fan …

 

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