If your air conditioner is having a problem, you may be able to fix it yourself before calling a professional. Follow these 5 ways to diagnose your AC problem. Even if you are not able to fix it yourself, having this information could help your technician work faster to get your conditioner in working condition again!
5 ways to diagnose your AC Problem
1. Turn Your AC Off and On
Sometimes a simple reboot will do the trick.
2. Check the Refrigerant Levels
If your AC doesn’t work or puts out warm air, the refrigerant should be one of the first things you check. The problem may simply be a low level of refrigerant or a leakage somewhere. If you add some refrigerant but still have a problem, contact a trained technician to diagnose and fix a leak.
The refrigerant levels are key to getting the best performance and efficiency from your AC, so check it first! Leaks can be harmful to your family and the environment. Lakewood Plumbing and Heating can ensure that your refrigerant levels are at the most optimal with our AC Tune-Ups and Air Conditioning services.
3. Check the Thermostat Sensor
Most AC units work by automatically sensing when to kick in with a sensor. If it is out of position, the AC may continuously blow cold air and waste electricity or not work at all. Make sure the sensor, located behind the control panel, is near the evaporative coil of the room it controls. It should be near but not on the coil to get the most accurate reading. A new thermostat will ensure that your home is at a perfect temperature, but also you could be saving your home on your energy bill.
4. Make Sure the Condensate Drain is Working
Check the drainage system! ACs must be able to drain properly to function well. If the drain is clogged, the conditioner may not work.
5. Check Your Compressor
The compressor starts your AC, so if your AC is not working, the compressor may be at fault. Turn off your AC before checking! It’s best to take a picture of all the wires and connections before attempting any tests to ensure you can put them back, or call a professional for help!
If you need professional help, call Lakewood Heating, Cooling and Plumbing! Lakewood technicians can diagnose, repair, and in most cases replace your AC in the same day in the greater Denver area.