When your air conditioning isn’t working properly, it can affect your indoor air quality. Not to mention that it is just uncomfortable to have no relief from Southern California’s heat. Is your air conditioning not working as well as it should be and you’re not sure why? Finding the cause of the problem is the first step. Here are some things to look for.
Dirty Air Filter
If the AC unit’s filter is dirty or plugged, it can’t clean the air as effectively—if at all. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends checking your filter every month, especially during the times of the year when the air conditioner tends to run more. If it looks dirty, change it. It should also be changed if it has been at least three months since it was last replaced. This will improve air quality while also helping your AC unit function more efficiently.
Take a look around the outdoor AC unit. Do you see any water pooling on the ground? If your air conditioner is an indoor unit, look at the wall around it. Are there any water streaks down the wall or is it wet right now? A well-functioning air conditioner shouldn’t have water around it anywhere. Encore’s highly trained technicians can quickly respond and diagnose the cause of the leaking water, also providing the best solution to fix the issue.
In some cases, the cause of your air conditioning not working has nothing to do with the unit itself but with your thermostat. If your thermostat is battery operated, a change of batteries might solve the issue. Also, remove the front cover and see if you notice a buildup of dust or any corrosion. Both can be a sign that the thermostat needs to either be cleaned or replaced.
AC Unit Makes Noises
Another thing to look for when trying to diagnose the reason behind your air conditioner not working is whether the unit makes weird noises. If you hear a clicking or grinding noise, this is a sign that something is wrong on the inside of the unit. Encore’s technicians can get inside to properly diagnose the problem and perform the necessary repair.
There are many potential reasons behind AC unit failure, from a heat pump that isn’t cooling to a tripped circuit breaker. If you’re tired of wondering why your air conditioning is not working, call Encore today at (951) 219-0280. We’ll figure out the problem for you so you know exactly what is wrong—and how to fix it so you have cool air once again.