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Troubleshooting Power Issues with Your Air Conditioner

From the perspective of comfort, an air conditioner is perhaps the most important appliance in your home… at least for a few months out of each year. Depending on where you live, you probably do not need to use this appliance for large chunks of the year. As such, it tends to sit idle and forgotten until it is needed again. But of course, we’ve all had that feeling of disappointment that occurs when you break the old thing out and it no longer works properly.

There are many things that can go wrong with an AC unit, but for today we will be focusing on power issues, which are among the most common problems. Nobody wants to be stuck with no AC in the middle of the summer. You can avoid this predicament by spotting the problems early and acting to either repair or replace the AC.

One thing to keep an eye on is the electric bill. If your bill suddenly goes up without any explanation, your unit may be pulling too much power. If this is so, you will probably notice irregularity in the sounds or the output of your unit. It also might start tripping the circuit breakers from time to time. Also, feel the plug and the cord to see if they are hot. If the plug and/or the cord are excessively hot or melted to even the slightest degree, it’s time to replace this thing immediately. If you can’t afford to do so, STOP using it right now because it is a fire hazard. You might be hot for a while, but nowhere near as hot as a house fire.

A decrease in the electric bill can also be a red flag, especially if accompanied by a decrease in the output of the AC. As the AC runs at low capacity, the rooms that are farthest from it will start to get hotter. Bear in mind that these kinds of low-output problems are not always reflected in the electric bill.

Of course, you need to rule out other possibilities. Check your air ducts to see if they are clogged and have someone check your breaker to see if it is faulty. Many times, an output loss is caused by a freeze-up. An AC unit works by blowing air over cold coils, but sometimes those coils get too cold and freeze up.

The first thing you should do is change the air filter on your unit. There are many AC problems that are caused by a dirty filter because the whole system depends on having good airflow. If you find a coolant leak, just throw the thing away. The cost of replacing the freon is usually higher than the cost of a new unit.

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