Your air conditioner works very hard to keep your home cool and comfortable. That’s why it’s important to give it regular maintenance. Though, sometimes parts wear out or problems arise that need a quick solution if you want to keep your cool. So, if your A/C system is clicking, tripping and just not turning on or cooling properly, try out the following troubleshooting tips to get it going again.
The thermostat is your go-to device for setting the temperature you want in your home. It could also be the cause your air conditioner isn’t turning on or isn’t cooling. Double-check your settings:
- Put the thermostat in “cool” mode.
- Set to “auto” mode, not “on.”
- Adjust the temperature setting below the indicated room temperature.
- Replace the batteries.
The circuit panel in your home directs the amount of electricity available for each of your power outlets and appliances. Circuit panels are typically located on an outside wall or inside your garage. Make sure the circuit breaker is on. If it keeps tripping, call your HVAC technician.
Condensate Drain Issue
Air conditioners produce an extraordinary amount of condensate, which carries debris along as it drips into a pan. So, a clogged condensate pan is a common problem. When the float switch detects water levels that are too high in the condensate pan, your air conditioner is automatically shut off to prevent flooding.
You can check the condensate pan at your indoor air handler. If you can’t see the pan, you may need to remove the air handler’s panel. If the condensate pan is full of water, use a shop-vac to suck out the water and hopefully the clog in the drain line.
Your A/C system uses many electrical components, including the capacitor. If your A/C makes a rapid clicking noise and won’t turn on, the capacitor has likely failed and needs to be replaced by a technician. Another cause for the clicking could be a bad relay board.
If you continue to experience air conditioner problems in your Dayton home, please contact Detmer and Sons today.
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