Troubleshooting Common AC Problems

It seems like when you need your AC the most, that is when problems arise. This is not a coincidence; the hotter it is outside, the harder your unit must work to keep your home cool. If your AC seems to be struggling, it is often due to a few common problems. Before your unit stops working altogether, troubleshoot the problem and see if it is a quick fix.

Check the Thermostat

This may seem obvious, but if you have your thermostat programmed, you may not look at it that often. If your AC is not cooling effectively, it may because it is not set at the right temperature. This is the first place to look.

Is Your Filter Dirty?

During the hottest months you may need to change your AC filter every 30 days to keep it working efficiently. If your unit doesn’t seem to be performing up to par, check the filter and change it if needed.

Is There Hot Air Coming in to Your Home?

Make sure there are no windows open that are letting in hot air. Close the curtains or shades on sunny, hot days to make it easier on your unit to cool the air.

Is There Something Blocking Air on the Outside Unit?

Make sure no plants or other items are blocking the air flow on the outside compressor – there should be at least two feet of clearance around the outside unit.

If you troubleshoot these common issues and your AC unit still is not cooling effectively, call your local HVAC service. You made need a tune-up or a repair to get your unit working efficiently again.

Posted on behalf of:
Western Aire Heating & Cooling
264 Buchanan Highway
Dallas, GA 30157
(770) 505-7426

Plan Now for a Cool and Energy Efficient Summer

Late winter and early spring aren’t usually times when most people are worried about their air conditioning, but it’s actually the best time to start thinking about getting your HVAC system ready for the hotter months ahead. Most people wait until the weather starts warming up before they call their local HVAC service company to have their air conditioning unit serviced. Beat the rush and make sure your A/C is ready before that first hot spring day. 

Save Money on A/C with a Spring Check-up

The best way to avoid summer A/C repair costs and reduce energy bills is to have your unit inspected and tuned up each spring with an annual check-up. Before you ever turn it on for the first time this season, call your local HVAC service company to schedule a full inspection and service of your unit. This should include:

  • Checking and fill refrigerant levels
  • Checking all electronic components and thermostat
  • Changing or cleaning filters as needed
  • Cleaning coils
  • Lubricating, cleaning and inspecting all motor parts as needed

A full check-up on your air conditioning system can ensure that all parts are in good repair before the hot summer months arrive. It can also help reduce your energy costs and increase the life of your unit, making it a worthwhile investment into your home.

Don’t wait until your A/C needs repair to call your HVAC specialists. It can save you time, money and inconvenience to get your air conditioning unit serviced now, before the weather starts turning warmer. Call your local HVAC service company today to schedule your check-up. and be ready for summer when it finally arrives.

Posted on behalf of:
ClimateSmith, LLC
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 475-9555

Why Schedule Your Air Conditioning Checkup in the Spring?

To give your HVAC contractor a break? No! Seriously, many have made the mistake of waiting until the scorching heat of summer to make that call to schedule a checkup of the AC, only to find that the waiting list is long. Furthermore, too often, a spring checkup is entirely overlooked until the AC system fails to cool or some other problem becomes apparent (again, it’s usually on the first very hot day of summer).

Oh, how much better is it to be proactive, prepared for the eventual onslaught of heat and humidity, knowing you can relax in the comfort and security of your tuned up AC. There are many things that can need repair or replacement, rendering your air conditioning less efficient. A significant percentage of your cooling efficiency can result from small seemingly insignificant wear and tear, such as worn fan belts or damaged insulation. A simple blocked filter can place extra strain on your motor. Keeping your air conditioning system running at peak performance will extend its life, save on utility bills and prevent potential future problems.

Your local professional HVAC contractor will check that your air conditioning unit is fully functional and ready to operate at peak efficiency when the heat of summer arrives. They will ensure that your entire coolant line is properly insulated, straighten all coil fins that may be bent, to allow proper air distribution and that make sure that nothing is obstructing air flow. To lower your energy bill and make your home a cool oasis from the summer sun, call  your local heating and air conditioning contractor and arrange for your HVAC system service in the spring!