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Below you’ll find some frequent “hick-ups” that may put your heating and cooling system on ice.  No Really… Your coil is probably a block of ice. Check out these common issues and if they don’t work give us a call.

Frequently Asked Questions

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MY A/C UNIT IS FREEZING UP

Sometimes interior AC units will freeze up if they don’t have enough coolant. The air temperature outside can also play a role in how well your A/C unit works. When the unit has to work extra hard to produce cooling, it can get too cold inside the AC cabinet. If your unit has frozen up, you’ll want to turn it off and let it defrost thoroughly. If it’s still not working after defrosting, or if it keeps freezing up, that’s a job for the pros.

IT’S LEAKING WATER IN THE AC CABINET

A plugged drain line is one of the most common reasons that your AC unit is leaking into the cabinet. The unit generally sends any condensation out of the cabinet through the drain line, which exits your home near the exterior unit. If the line becomes plugged the unit can leak inside. The same is true for an AC unit that isn’t set correctly because the wrong slant can send condensation flowing away from the drain line, allowing it to back up inside the cabinet and leak, damaging your home. You can unplug the line yourself in most cases with some vinegar. If that doesn’t work or the unit isn’t sitting correctly, you’ll need a professional to help you.

MAKE SURE THE PROBLEM ISN’T THE FURNACE

Set your thermostat to A/C mode and lower the temperature setting. If the furnace fan kicks in, the problem isn’t in the furnace. If the fan doesn’t run, try resetting the furnace circuit breaker. If the fan still won’t start, call a pro—the fixes shown here won’t work.

Next, check the outside condensing unit. The compressor (which sounds like a refrigerator) and fan should be running. If not, follow the troubleshooting and repair procedures shown here.

THE CONDENSER ISN’T RUNNING

Check the power, and try turning it off and back on again. Look for a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker. Take a good look at your thermostat, too, and see if it’s set the right way. Lower it a few degrees and see what happens. If none of that works the compressor or motor may be bad, and a pro will need to fix it.

IT’S COOL (BUT NOT COOL ENOUGH) IN YOUR HOUSE

Check the power, and try turning it off and back on again. Look for a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker. Take a good look at your thermostat, too, and see if it’s set the right way. Lower it a few degrees and see what happens. If none of that works the compressor or motor may be bad, and a pro will need to fix it.

IT RUNS, BUT IT’S NOT COOL AT ALL

Check the thermostat and condenser. Clear weeds and any debris away from the outside unit. If that doesn’t work, you may need a pro to check the refrigerant level and make sure it has enough and isn’t leaking. The compressor may also be failing.

THE UNIT IS CYCLING ON AND OFF REPEATEDLY

A blocked or dirty condenser, or an evaporator that’s dirty can cause cycling. Cleaning the unit thoroughly and getting any weeds or tall grass away from the outside unit may be enough to get it working properly again. If not, it’s a job for the pros.

IT JUST DOESN’T RUN AT ALL

Checking to make sure the power is on and is getting to the unit is the first step. Look at your breakers or fuses, and see if there’s anything unusual. If there isn’t power to the unit, or it keeps tripping a breaker, it’s not something you want to work on yourself. Get a professional to take a look.

DIY Videos

Here are some of the most common questions and concerns people have about their heating and cooling systems.
If you don’t find the answer here please free to CONTACT US.

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How To Install A Smart Thermostat

DIY Air Conditioner Maintenance

Choosing The Right Thermostat

How To Change The Air Filter

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Repair Frozen Air Conditioner

How Does An Air Conditioner Work?

How Good Is Your Air Quality?

A/C Not Cooling

Beef Up Attic Insulation

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