Common Causes of AC System Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them
With summer quickly approaching, now is the time to make sure your AC can handle hot, humid Central Ohio weather. The last thing you want is to come home from work to a steamy house or to have your AC go out in the middle of a sweltering night. There are several causes of AC failure and it’s important to pay attention to your AC’s performance, so you don’t face a situation where you need emergency service during the peak of summer when HVAC technicians are swamped and possibly unable to get to you quickly.
Here are some common reasons behind AC breakdowns:
1. Air Conditioner is running but the house isn’t cool.
This usually means that the AC filters are dirty and need changing. Another cause is that the unit is low on coolant.
2. Freezing up.
This is another possible result of a dirty filter. When the AC “freezes up,” a layer of frost develops on the evaporator coil. This causes the unit to run continuously until it breaks down.
3. Broken blower motor.
If you turn on your AC and nothing happens, the fan doesn’t kick on. The cause could be a tripped circuit breaker or a worn-out fan motor.
4. AC won’t shut off.
If your AC is running continuously but not cooling your home, you might have an issue with the condenser or fan.
5. Faulty thermostat.
Sometimes, AC malfunction isn’t the AC at all, but the thermostat. The solution is to replace the thermostat, especially with a smart thermostat, which could alert you to AC performance problems.
If your AC isn’t cooling your home, then call Atlas Butler at 614-681-2167. Our phone is answered 24/7 by a live person and in most cases, you can get a same-day appointment. The HVAC technician will troubleshoot your system and make recommendations for repairs. For peace of mind, consider membership in Atlas Butler’s Comfort Club. For a monthly fee, we’ll cover your system’s annual safety inspection and you’ll receive discounts on parts and service. Three membership tiers are available.