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. There are many air conditioning problems you may encounter such as your AC not working at all, not cooling as it supposed to be, dirty filters, leaking, strange noises and strange odors. If ever your AC stops working, try to inspect if your AC is receiving enough power from the electrical panel, you may reset switches or any overloads, check the condensate overflow, 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. A dirty air filter may reduce the efficiency of your AC and it can reduce its ability to cool the air, working twice as hard as it used to be, thus consuming higher energy, making your energy bill to rise significantly. 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 warm air is leaking inside, better check the window seals around your unit to ensure that cool air is not seeping out or hot air is not getting in, so you can reseal around the unit with pieces of weatherstrips. Never place your lamps, gadgets, or TV sets near the thermostat controls of your central AC or near the window unit because the thermostat can sense the heat emitted on these appliances, causing the AC to run longer than necessary. 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 air conditioning unit is more difficult to cool your space if it is in a sunny window, so it helps to draw your curtains and shades all day during summer. Avoid your unit being crowded with plants or other structures, ensuring the there is 5 feet of clearance between the top of the unit and trees, and 2 to 3 feet of space between the unit and any structures. It is important to have a yearly air conditioning inspection to detect any serious problems before they get even worse and leave you hot at the peak of summer. Learn more how an HVAC technician can help you with your AC problems, feel free to check our website or homepage for more details.