There’s no question about it. In Florida, our air-conditioning systems have to work like horses. And sometimes they develop issues.
The main source of air conditioning problems is simply lack of maintenance ( see Maintenance Tips.) Be vigilant about scheduling appointments every six months for routine system servicing: coil cleaning, refrigerant refreshing and ductwork checks (see our info on Air Duct Cleaning.)
How do you know if there’s an issue with your system? There are a few signs: your a/c just isn’t cooling like normal; there’s not as much air coming out of the registers; or you notice excessive moisture coming out of the condensation overflow pipe. And, obviously, if the condensor outside isn’t turning on, that’s a problem.
Our repair technicians are a phone call away. But if you want to do a little detective work, try these suggestions.
- Check the circuit breaker and see if the breaker has been tripped.
- Check air filters and change them if they’re clogged.
- Is the condensor outside turning off and on? The fans or compressor may need replacing (not usually a DIY project).
- Weak airflow or warm air blowing can be caused by clogged evaporator coils in the air handler (inside the house or attic). These can be cleaned by a homeowner.
Air conditioners that aren’t working may have electrical issues; sensors that have gone out; or refrigerant leaks.
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