What to Do if Your Central AC Unit Is Not Working Properly

What to Do if Your Central AC Unit Is Not Working Properly

Anas Bouargane 11/10/2020 4
What to Do if Your Central AC Unit Is Not Working Properly

When the summer months hit, you want to make sure that you are sitting in a comfortable home.

What to Do if Your Central AC Unit Is Not Working Properly

No one wants to come home from work and sweat. However, you might attempt to turn the AC on and nothing happens as a result. Or you might set it to a certain temperature and it drops much lower. Either of these situations means that something is wrong with your unit. What do you do at a time like this? 

Here are some ideas if your central AC unit is not working the way it should.

Hire a Repair Team

If you are unsure about how to go about fixing your AC unit, the smart thing to do might be calling a team to take a look at it. While it might be cheaper to try it yourself, there is a chance that you damage it further, especially if it is not a surface-level fix. Hiring a repair team also ensures that you are getting it fixed quickly, allowing you to beat the heat as soon as possible.

In countries like Singapore, where it is exceptionally hot at times throughout the year, do you really want to be suffering in your home? If you do notice an issue with your AC within Singapore you should speak to an aircon service Singapore company and have them come out to help you. Most companies are fast and efficient and will work to get everything up and running as soon as possible.

Replace the Unit

While this might be a little expensive, it might be in your best interest to replace the AC unit altogether. As things get old, they break down more and more, and while you can repair it, there is a good chance that it will happen again soon, taking more money out of your pocket. Look at your unit and figure out how old it is. Older units should be replaced as they are going to just suck more and more money out of you. By making the switch earlier, you can save that money and get a new unit that will work amazingly for a long period of time. Don’t always try to repair a unit if you know that it is old and worn out.

Check the Thermostat and Vents

If the system is able to turn on but it is not blowing out cold air to the rest of the house, go around and check the vents and the thermostat. Sometimes vents can be obstructed and the thermostat temperature might default to a higher value. If both of these are the problem, you might have an issue with the air filter.

Turn off the unit and pull the air filter out and give it a good cleaning. If it is filled with tons of dust and debris, it is one of the main reasons why you are not getting the air that you need. Do not be afraid to change air filters often as well, as a dirty air filter can cause extreme damage to a unit if it occurs for a long period of time.

Check Refrigerant Levels

If your AC unit is starting to leak water when it is turned off, there could be many things wrong with it. This is due to the unit freezing on the inside and then melting and leaking the water out. Assuming the air filter is not the root of the problem, you might be low on refrigerant. This liquid stops things from freezing and if you are low on it, there is nothing stopping ice from forming on the coils inside the unit itself. Turn it off and keep it off until you have checked these levels and fixed them.

Check the Breaker

When you first set up an AC unit, you might be setting it up on a switch that cannot handle that power load. As a result, when you turn on the AC, the breaker will flip that switch and unpower anything. This can be easy to spot if you have common things on the same switch, however, if that switch is fairly empty, it can be hard to tell what the problem is. Always check your breaker and make sure that the unit is being powered. It is more common than you think for a unit to flip the breaker.

What to Do if Your Central AC Unit Is Not Working Properly

These are all things that you should be doing when your central AC unit is not working properly. If you aren’t comfortable fixing things yourself, hire a technician as they will repair it and save you a lot of time. This is one project where DIY might not be the best idea.

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  • Lee Spencer

    I hire a technician when my AC is broken

  • Andrew Wade

    Call a repair team, get a quote and they will repair it.

  • William Smith

    Good tips

  • Tyler Simon

    If I can't fix it on my own..then I need a professional technician.

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Anas Bouargane

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Anas is the founder of CEF Académie, a platform that provides guidance and support for those willing to study in France. He previously interned at AlphaSense. Anas holds a bachelor degree in applied economics from the University Paris Sud.


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