There aren't many things more frustrating than an air conditioning that refuses to run. A hot, muggy home can make your space incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I have always focused on maintaining my air conditioning system. Unfortunately, I still run into problems from time to time and I am sure that all of you do, which is one of the reasons I decided to build this website. Check out these posts for more information about keeping your system working beautifully, even if you aren't naturally good at fixing things. You never know, making the right changes could dramatically improve your summertime experience.
Sometimes when your air conditioner is acting up, you can wait a few days to get it fixed. Other times, when your air conditioner is not working right, you need to get it fixed right away for the safety of your unit and yourself. It is essential to know when your air conditioner needs emergency repair.
1. Compressor Not Working
When your air conditioner is running, the fan on the outside unit should be spinning. If the fan on the outside compressor unit is not spinning, then the hot air from your home is not being properly circulated. The air compressor can easily overheat if the hot air is not being pulled out of your home. Overheating can cause severe damage to your equipment, resulting in the motor needing to be replaced. A fan that is not spinning needs to be fixed immediately to prevent further damage.
2. Breakers Tripping
When your air conditioning unit is running, you shouldn't experience other electrical issues. If your breakers keep tripping every time your air conditioner comes on, that is a severe issue. If your breakers are tripping constantly, you have an electrical fire hazard on your hand. Turn off your unit and call in for emergency repair assistance. You shouldn't continue to operate your air conditioning unit if it is causing your breakers to trip repeatedly.
3. High Humidity
When your air conditioning is working effectively, the humidity inside of your home should feel reasonable. If you are sweating even when the air conditioner is running, and you're wiping moisture away from your body, there's something wrong with your air conditioning unit. Your air conditioning unit should help control the humidity inside of your home. When the humidity gets too high you will feel uncomfortable.
4. Ice Build-Up
When your unit is running, you shouldn't see ice on it. If you notice ice on the evaporator coils, that is an issue you would want to address right away. Ice builds up on the evaporator coil when there are other internal issues with your system, which a professional can identify and fix for you.
5. Rapid Cycling
Finally, if your unit is turning on and off in short intervals, it is experiencing something known as rapid cycling. Rapid cycling is not a good thing. It means your unit is working too hard and, at the same time, is ineffectively cooling your home. If your unit is rapid cycling, you're going to want to get a professional to inspect it. Sometimes, rapid cycling is caused by a damaged or broken part. Rapid cycling can also result from an incorrectly sized unit or a unit that has reached the end of its life.
If your air compressor fan is not running, breakers are tripping, the humidity in your home is too high, ice is building up on the outside of your system, or it is rapid cycling, you're going to want to call in for emergency repair service. It is best to address issues with your air conditioning unit right away to avoid further damage to your system.
For more information on emergency AC repair, contact a professional near you.