At Pileiro Heating and Cooling, our goal is to be your trusted HVAC contractor for every need, whether you’ve had an emergency breakdown in the middle of the night or you need recommendations on the most energy-efficient equipment for your home.
We’re also proud to use our expertise to help our customers troubleshoot some issues they may encounter over the lifespan of their central air conditioning system. Read on to learn more about how to diagnose air conditioning problems, so you can become a more informed property owner.
There are a number of issues that commonly arise with central air conditioning systems. We’d listed them in the easy-to-read table below. If you’re after a full breakdown though, you can continue to read this whole article.
|AC Won’t Turn On|
|AC Isn’t Cooling|
|Poor Air Circulation|
|AC Isn’t Dehumidifying (Oversized Unit)||A unit that is too large for your home will cool the air in rapid cycles, which doesn’t allow time to remove moisture.|
|AC Isn’t Dehumidifying (Correctly Sized Unit)|
If your air conditioner fails to come on, it can be frustrating, especially during the hottest part of the summer. Air conditioners are complex machines with many moving parts, so it stands to reason several things can go wrong — especially with an older or poorly maintained system. What can you do if your AC won’t turn on?
You rely on your AC to keep you comfortable when it’s hot outside. But what if your air conditioner is running, but not providing cooled air?
Is the airflow in your home uneven from one room to the next? Perhaps poor circulation is the problem. There are a few straightforward reasons this can happen, including the following.
If your central AC is running, but you still feel sticky and sweaty, your AC unit may be cooling your home too quickly because it’s too large. You may think bigger is always better, but when it comes to your home comfort, that isn’t true.
It takes time to dehumidify the air and remove enough moisture for you to be comfortable. However, an oversized unit will have much shorter cycles than a unit that is the correct size for your home, allowing water to be carried back into the air. Aside from high humidity issues, an oversized unit also costs you more in energy and maintenance expenses, and will probably have a shorter lifespan than a properly sized system.
The primary solution for an oversized system is to work with a qualified HVAC contractor to purchase a new, smaller-capacity unit that provides more efficient cooling and dehumidifying. However, if you haven’t budgeted for a replacement AC, ask your AC technician about the benefits of a whole-house dehumidifier.
What happens if you own a properly sized AC and you’re still experiencing excess humidity in the air? There are a few things you can check on.
Rather than calling in the experts right away, there are some key areas that you can troubleshoot yourself. You might to discover an easy-to-fix problem, or at least you will be able to zero-in on what’s causing your AC issues. Below, we discuss the various parts of the air conditioning system that you can inspect on your own.
The air filter is one of the most common culprits associated with AC troubleshooting. If you’re experiencing issues such as low airflow or an air conditioner that doesn’t run efficiently, your air filter should be at the top of your DIY home maintenance checklist. Check your AC’s instruction manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations on how often to change your filter. Some may suggest replacing filters as often as once a month, while others might say to do so every three months. Either way, put a reminder on your calendar to ensure a properly functioning air conditioner.
Before calling a cooling expert to inspect an apparently faulty air conditioner, check your thermostat first. It’s easy to assume the worst-case scenario when it comes to your AC, but a straightforward thermostat adjustment could be all you need to get your home cool and comfortable again. If your AC isn’t running properly, make sure you have your thermostat set to “auto” and “cool.” If the thermostat’s display isn’t lit, double-check the batteries or the circuit breaker to ensure it’s getting power. Call a HVAC tech if you’ve done these basic steps and you still aren’t sure you’ve resolved the problem.
A circuit breaker is a safety feature that can protect your home’s appliances by turning off the electricity when it detects a sudden power surge. If your AC won’t come on, it might be due to a tripped circuit breaker. Here’s what you can try.
Ideally, everything will work normally after these steps. However, if the breaker immediately trips again, or the AC won’t come back on, contact the pros at Pileiro for diagnosis and repair.
Outdoor AC units from today’s top manufacturers undergo rigorous testing to ensure they can withstand extreme weather conditions. However, you can still take some proactive steps to protect your outdoor unit against damage.
Cleaning your air vents is another DIY task you should have on your to-do list if you’re concerned about the air quality in your home. Here’s how.
If you’re searching for reliable AC service, repair and installation in the South Jersey area, the team at Pileiro Heating and Cooling wants to be the first and only call you make. We are well-versed in all the major makes and models of air conditioners, including Trane and Mitsubishi, and we are proud to maintain a membership with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America — the nation’s leading trade organization for the heating and cooling industry. If you live in Cape May or Atlantic counties and need expert, 24/7/365 help with your AC, we want to hear from you.