When the hot New Jersey sun comes to pound on your home, you are going to want your air conditioning system to be working properly. You shouldn’t have to be sitting in an oven when you could be cool and comfortable. If you turn your central air conditioner on and you’re not getting any cold air, there are a few things you can do to get it working once again. Let’s dive in.
It sounds simple, but you would be surprised at how many service calls we answer, only to find that the thermostat is set too high. If you don’t feel cold air, take a deep breath, don’t panic, and check your thermostat to make certain that the temperature is set correctly. Pro tip: If you have a mercury thermostat, sometimes turning the dial all the way to the coldest position and then back to your desired setting will fix the problem. If that doesn’t do it, you might have a faulty thermostat, capacitor or compressor. That is when you call the professionals with Team Electric Plumbing & Air. We can repair these items quickly and get you feeling cool again.
If everything is fine with your thermostat, but you cannot hear your air conditioner running, the next step is to take a look at your circuit breaker. Check to see if the breaker is tripped. If so, flip it back on and listen for your air conditioner to kick on.
Dirt and Debris
If your air conditioner is running, but it isn’t producing cold air, go outside and check your air conditioner. If there is an abundance of weeds or tall grass growing around the cooling tower, they could be blocking the air flow. Cut down the weeds and see if this fixes the problem. If you don’t immediately feel cold air coming out of your vents, don’t panic. Remember that you will need to wait for an hour to see if the problem has been resolved. Occasionally, you should gently rinse off the A/C using a mild cleaning agent like Simple Green to clean off any dirt and debris that have collected on your unit over time.
If you’ve checked the coils outside and they are free of weeds, grass, dirt and debris, the next thing you can do is check your filter. If the air filter is blocked with a lot of dust and particles, the air isn’t getting through into your home. A clean air filter allows air to move into your HVAC system efficiently. It is a good idea to get into the habit of replacing your filter once every 3 months. Good airflow is essential to cooling your home.
Recharging your coolant is not a do-it-yourself project. It’s a technical job that should be performed by a professional technician. We have all the right certifications, experience and knowledge to get your system charged back up. While we are at it, we can look for any leaks and make certain they are repaired. That way, you can enjoy the comfort of cold air all summer long.
Sometimes the problem is your air conditioner unit. When inexperienced people install an air conditioner, sometimes they do not match the unit size to the square footage of the home. An improperly sized air conditioner will constantly be working, but never cool your home. Our technicians can diagnose any air conditioning problem. If you need a new unit, we will be able to help you find the right model for your home.
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