With spring officially here and summer on the way, now is the time to make repairs on your air conditioning system. Right now, we’re not using our systems very often, but soon enough, you’ll be using it every day. When that day comes, you want to make sure that any repairs your system may need are taken care of, and your air conditioner functions as normal. Now is the time to check for anything unusual in the way your system operates.
That can often involve trouble with the air conditioner’s electrical system: charged with running the fan motor and other key elements. Any licensed air conditioning technician should possess electrical skills as part of their repartee, and don’t be surprised if the trouble your system is experiencing has some faulty circuit or failing wire at its core.
Troubleshoot Electrical Problems
As a rule of thumb, you should never attempt to formally diagnose a problem with your air conditioning. Repair technicians have strict licensing requirements, and need to be properly qualified to even examine the system, much less perform repairs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t perform a bit of troubleshooting on your own, to see if the problem can be solved with the simple flip of a switch. In most cases, the electrical system is involved.
The first place to check is your thermostat. If the system won’t turn on, it could be that someone has set it to a different temperature than you were expecting, or even accidentally shut it off by brushing it aside. Furthermore, most thermostats run n electricity, and if there’s been a short or another problem, you can simply call us to replace the thermostat and spare the cost of diagnosing a problem with the air conditioning system itself.
The other spot to troubleshoot is the breaker box, which usually has a single dedicated switch for the air conditioner. A power surge from outside your home might cause the breaker to turn, shutting the air conditioner off to protect the system from damage. Resetting the switch could easily fix the problem, and spare you the cost of a technician’s visit. Only if the breaker switch keeps flipping when you run the air conditioner should you call in a repair service, since that likely points to an electrical problem within the air conditioner itself.
Watch for Signs
The easiest way to spot an electrical problem is simply to note if the system won’t turn on. Most modern systems will refuse to turn on in the event of a problem, in order to prevent damage to components in the air conditioner.
Another sign of electrical trouble in the system is short cycling: turning on and running for a short amount of time, then turning off again, only to turn on a short while later. Air conditioners use far more energy turning on and turning off than they do simply running, and an electrical problem that leads to short cycling needs to be addressed as quickly as possible.
For AC repair services in Pearl River, NY, call EB Design Air Inc.