With summer on the immediate horizon, most homeowners and business owners are hoping that their air conditioning systems will be prepared to deliver maximum comfort when the temperatures outside soar to an uncomfortable level.
There are, of course, some things which you can do as a homeowner to ensure proper operation for your cooling system, for instance changing the air filters and making sure there are no shrubs or plants growing close to your outside unit. However, there are some more serious scenarios that will always call for intervention on the part of a skilled HVAC technician, and when these occur, you should contact your preferred professional right away.
Frozen Air Conditioner
Believe it or not, your air conditioner can actually freeze up because water can fall onto the coils and develop frost or ice. This is a situation that you might be able to resolve yourself if you’re willing to shut off the air conditioner for 24 hours and allow it to thaw.
Alternatively, you could direct a hairdryer at the coils to expedite the thawing process, so that you will be able to use the cooling system much sooner. However, if the cooling system freezes up again, you should definitely contact an HVAC professional to look into the underlying cause of the persistent freezing.
One of the worst things that can happen in the middle of the summer season is that you notice your air conditioning unit is simply not cooling your household enough to make it comfortable. There could be several different reasons for this, and a couple of them are even fairly simple.
The first thing you should do when you notice the cooling system is not working efficiently is to check your air filters to make sure they’re not bogged down with a bunch of debris or other gunk. Quite often though, it turns out that you have more serious issues such as a coolant leak or a broken fan. If it looks to you like the problem might be more serious, or if you have no idea what to do, you’re always best off to reach out to a professional who can quickly diagnose the issue, and make any necessary repairs.
The Drain Line Is Clogged
It happens fairly often that blockage develops in your drain, sometimes because mold or algae have begun growing there. If you have your air conditioning unit serviced regularly, this shouldn’t happen. However, if you’ve let it go for a couple of seasons, it’s very possible that you might have a clogged drain line, and that it will be necessary to involve a skilled HVAC technician.
If you want to be sure that this is the problem before contacting a professional, you can take some steps at home to confirm this. First, you’ll have to power off the HVAC system and then locate the drain line access points. Then measure a cup of hot water and pour it down the drain, and if you notice it flowing all the way through the drain, it’s not clogged. However, if you notice that the water comes back out the same way that you put it in, your drain is clogged and you will need professional servicing to establish proper flow again.