What to Do When Your Air Conditioning is Not Working

What to Do When Your Air Conditioning is Not Working

An air conditioner that is not functioning properly can be a major problem, especially if you happen to be in the middle of a heat wave. If you're having an issue with your air conditioning system, read on to discover what steps you can take to fix it. Depending on the exact nature of the problem, there are different steps you should take to solve it.

The following tips are simple solutions that you may be able to implement yourself before calling an HVAC contractor. If you're unsure about performing any of these steps, make sure to contact a licensed HVAC contractor. If these solutions do not work there may be a more complicated mechanical problem at hand. You can always give the experts at Van Natta Mechanical a call to diagnose and fix your air conditioning problem. We are confident we can discover and solve the problem with your air conditioning system, no matter what it is.

Air Conditioning is Not Working At All

If your air conditioning system does not kick on when the temperature reaches the point specified by your thermostat, there are several things you can check.

  1. Make sure that there is electrical power being supplied to the air conditioning unit. A tripped circuit breaker can cause the air conditioning unit to malfunction. This problem can be fixed rather easily by resetting the breaker. If the circuit breaker continues to trip, there may be a short in some part of the air conditioning system or there may be a larger problem with your electrical system. Luckily the electric experts at Van Natta can find the short or issue and repair it for you.
  2. Check that the thermostat is set to the correct temperature and is turned on. It may sound silly, but double checking the thermostat could save you from the extra cost of having to call for a repair. First, verify that the current temperature is higher than the temperature setting of the thermostat, thereby making sure that the air conditioning should be starting up. Make sure the thermostat is at least three degrees lower than the current room temperature. In addition, you should verify that the thermostat is set to COOL. This simple step could save you significant time and money.
  3. Check that the thermostat is operating properly and check the batteries. There's one last step you can take to make sure the problem is not with your thermostat rather than your air conditioning unit. After turning off power to the air conditioner, you can remove the cover of the thermostat and replace the batteries in the unit. After this, replace the cover, wait a few minutes, and try to turn your system on again.
  4. Call an air conditioning professional. If none of these simple solutions worked for you, there is probably a larger problem that should be handled by an air conditioning professional.

Air Conditioner is Not Working Properly

If your air conditioner is running but not working correctly or as efficiently as it should be, the problem may be a bit more complicated to fix. There are several common issues that could be responsible for an inefficient air conditioner and there are also a few solutions you can try on your own.

  1. Replace your air filters. While this is something that should be done at least once per season and ideally once per month, some homeowners go a lot longer without replacing the air filters. Air filters are very inexpensive and easy to change, so this is not something that needs to be put off. If a dirty air filter remains in your system it could cause your air conditioner to struggle to reach the desired temperature. This may result in inefficient cooling. In addition to not cooling your home properly, dirty air filters can result in unnecessary stress placed upon the unit, which can shorten its lifespan.
  2. Clean the outside air conditioning unit. The condenser unit outside needs to remain free from dirt and debris in order to dissipate the heat that is taken from the inside evaporator unit. If there are leaves, dirt, or plants covering your outside unit, the air conditioning system will struggle to cool your home. Free any large debris from around the unit and spray the unit with a hose at a low setting to clean off any difficult to remove dirt.
  3. Anything beyond these two simple solutions should probably be handled by an air conditioning professional. Potential issues may include a broken fan, low refrigerant, a bad compressor or any number of other issues with your air conditioner.

If these steps do not fix your air conditioning system, you should have the air conditioning experts at Van Natta take a look at your system. We can fix some of the more complicated issues that may be the cause of your faulty air conditioning system. We offer air conditioning maintenance, repair, and replacements, and fresh installations. We currently have an air conditioning special for New Jersey and New York homeowners. If your air conditioning won't turn on at all or if it's simply not cooling your home efficiently, contact Van Natta or give us a call today at 201-391-3700.

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