Ojai Air Conditioning: Knowing the Warning Signals of an AC Problem
Always keep in mind that a poorly maintained air conditioning system performs poorly, fails to keep you cool, and costs more in the long run. Many of us experience air conditioning issues at some point including leaks, dirty filters, strange noises, strange odors, not cooling the room as it used to be, or completely not working AC. If you have an air conditioning unit that stopped working, check to ensure that your AC is connected to power or it’s receiving power from the electrical panel, check the condensate overflow, reset switches or any overloads, and check the thermostat settings.
If your air conditioning unit is not cooling properly, it must be a problem with the filter, so you can turn off the power and clean it, and also check if ice has formed on the condenser coils, and if it does, turn on the AC and the fan to melt it. If your AC filter is dirty, it can clog the airflow of your air conditioning unit, thus reducing its ability to cool the air and also decreasing its efficiency. It is important to clean your central AC filters regularly, to keep it running smoothly and efficiently, most especially if you have pets at home and your AC is running constantly. If you notice warm air leaking inside, you may need to reseal around the unit using pieces of weatherstripping because window seals might be allowing cold air to seep out and hot air to enter. Don’t place your TV too close to the AC because the thermostat may sense the heat on these appliances that may cause the air conditioner to run longer than needed. Ensure that objects are not blocking the airflow of your AC registers and regularly remove dust and dirt by regular vacuuming. You’ll save 3% on your air conditioning costs with every degree you raise the temperature, so ensure that your thermostat is programmed so your home is at its comfortable temperature when you are there and a bit higher when you are not at home.
Your AC must be in a shady area and your room should be shaded properly because it will be harder for it to cool the room if it is located in a sunny window. It is important to also check the plants are not crowding the compressor, so ensure at least 2 to 3 feet of space between the unit and any structure. Don’t forget to have an AC annual check-up so you are prepared and avoid major problems when it’s the peak of summer season. Learn more how an HVAC technician can help you with your AC problems, feel free to check our website or homepage for more details.