When it’s warm and humid outside in Lake Worth, Florida, most locals rely heavily on their air conditioning systems to maintain a comfortable atmosphere. However, if your air conditioner is acting up or not producing sufficient airflow, the next step is usually to schedule a repair. It’s always best to trust a professional for HVAC repairs. But there are a few small things you should check before you make the call.
If your air conditioner is blowing hot air, the first thing to check is that the system is set to cool. When the weather fluctuates during the fall and winter seasons in Florida, you may need both the heating and air conditioning systems on the same day. You or someone else in your home may have switched it over to the heat setting. This can cause the system to blow hot air when you want it to cool the space.
Electricity Meter and Account
If you’ve recently moved into your home, the lack of air conditioning could be caused by a lack of electricity. In order to run, a central air conditioning system needs an electrical connection and a meter in place to track usage. You also need to make sure you have an account set up with the electric company. If you’re not assigned to pay for the electricity, the company may shut off service until you resolve the issue. When the problem concerns the electricity, you also won’t have power to other electrical components or devices in your home.
Another problem that can cause the AC system to stop working is a tripped circuit breaker. Check your breaker box to see if you need to flip a switch to restore power to the air conditioning unit. Circuit breakers trip for safety reasons often related to being overloaded. Therefore, if the problem continues to happen, consult an electrician to figure out why and get it resolved.
Clogged Air Filter
Another problem that can cause weak airflow is a clogged filter. Your HVAC system relies on the filter to remove particles from the air and prevent them from settling in the ducts. When the filter clogs with dirt, pet hair, dust, dander, pollen and other debris, it can no longer do its job.
If the filter becomes clogged, the system may also stop functioning because of restricted airflow. Swapping the air filter is an easy fix most homeowners can do themselves. Make sure to use a properly sized filter, and install it as recommended by the manufacturer. Set a reminder for yourself to change the filter about once every three months. If you have pets in the home or suffer from allergies, change it every month.
Indoor and Outdoor Unit Switches
Both your indoor and outdoor air conditioning units have on and off switches. Either switch may have been accidentally set to the off position. Check near the indoor air handler and the outdoor disconnect switch to see if either of these is causing your AC problems. If your outdoor unit’s switch is unplugged or set to off, use caution when plugging it in or switching it on. It controls 240 electrical volts that power the unit.
Clogged Line or Pump
Your air conditioning system uses a pump to remove excess condensation. It also has a line that allows for proper drainage of moisture. If either of these components clogs, your air conditioner may shut down to protect its components.
Check the pan located beneath the indoor air conditioning unit to see if it’s full of water. If so, flush out the drain line to remove the clog. Make sure you empty the pan after you’ve flushed the drain so it can catch any additional moisture. This will also prevent water damage.
If you’ve checked these potential issues and your air conditioner still isn’t working, you’ll need professional help. Contact Mechanical Air Conditioning at 561-899-4587 for fast and friendly service. We’ll make sure your AC system is working properly.
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