As the season of tank tops and beach trips arrives, rooms begin to feel like hot ovens. Before you can even start moving, you are already covered in sweat! Thankfully, air conditioners are here to save the day. However, the sweltering heat may cause your AC to work harder and experience problems. Here are eight of the most common air conditioner problems and how you can fix them:
1. Dirty AC Filter
Regardless of what type of AC unit you have at home, there will be an air filter inside. Although the air filter cleans the air that comes out of your AC unit, dirt can get stuck in it and clog the pathway, restricting airflow.
To solve this problem, replace your AC unit’s air filter regularly. If your system runs round the clock or if you have pets at home, you might want to switch your filters more often.
2. Window AC Unit Is Exposed to Direct Sunlight
This problem may cause your AC to use up more resources to cool your space. If you can, move your AC to a shaded area, but if this is not possible, then using shades and curtains should help your system function better.
3. Warm Air Is Leaking in
Your window AC unit should be sealed well to the wall to avoid any leaking of warm air into your room. If this does happen, make sure to reseal your unit using weather stripping. You may also contact a professional to do this for you in case you are not confident about doing it yourself.
4. AC Unit Is Vibrating
Listen to the noises your AC unit makes. Although minimal noises from your unit are normal, if it sounds like a vibrating noise, this may indicate that your AC is not securely installed. Make sure to revisit your installation instructions and ensure that you followed all the steps properly. If the vibrating noise continues, call a professional to inspect your AC.
5. Temperature Seems Off
If your AC is not cooling your room enough, it may be because of your thermostat settings. If your thermostat is exposed to direct sunlight, move it to a better spot so that it does not register the wrong temperature.
6. Blocked Airflow
Changing your filters does not assure a clean AC unit, especially internally. To avoid or solve this problem, make sure to vacuum the registers of your AC regularly and check if there are any objects blocking your registers.
7. The Compressor Is Blocked
If the outdoor compressor of your unit is blocked, then it will not be able to work properly. Keep it away from plants crowding around it by keeping at least 2 to 3 feet of space around the compressor.
8. Sudden Malfunctions of Parts
There is no quick fix to a sudden malfunction of parts. This is why it is important to have your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning unit checked at least once a year to maintain the condition of your unit’s internal parts.
Staying under the summer sun can be a relaxing activity, but so is staying home in a chilled room during a hot summer day. Staying on top of air conditioner problems will make your dream indoor staycation possible. Not only will you feel comfortable, but you will also be refreshed by the clean air that your unit produces.