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How to Fix Air Conditioner Problems

Dec 1

How to Fix Air Conditioner Problems

Air conditioners, just like other equipment, need regular maintenance in order for them to operate at their best. Air conditioners that don't get maintained are the ones that will experience the most trouble.


Your air conditioner shouldn't cause you to lose your cool. We sought the advice of air conditioning specialists and Consumer Reports testing engineers to help us identify the most frequent problems with central or window air conditioners. They identified eight issues that required attention. These recommendations will help you choose the right air conditioner for your small, medium, and large room.


Here are eight things you should ask to ensure that your air conditioner in Cleveland runs at its best. No. It is easy to fix because it affects both central air conditioner systems and window units.


1. Is it clogged?

Airflow is affected by a blocked filter. Check your portable and window air conditioner filters regularly. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions on when to replace your central AC filter. The HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning filter) lasted for three to twelve months in CR's tests.


Be aware that if your central AC system is running continuously or you have pets you will need more frequent replacements. Stewart Unsdorfer is the owner of Central Heating & Air Conditioning Cleveland. "Ninety-nine percent of the time, we get calls about central heating systems that aren’t working properly," he says.


2. Is it hot enough inside?

The air conditioner will need more power to cool your room if it is situated near a window that receives direct sunshine during the day. If possible, you can relocate the unit to a more sunny spot. If you don't have the option, keep your shades drawn and your drapes pulled during the day to keep out the sun and heat from heating the home.


3. Is there warm-air leaking in the area?

Verify that the seals around your air conditioner are sealed properly to prevent hot or cold air from leaking in. Weather stripping can be used around the unit to seal it if needed.


Chris Regan is a senior air conditioner tester at CR. He says: "Most modern window units come equipped with insulating boards to attach over plastic adjustable side panels." "However you must still weatherstrip the exterior of the unit for maximum efficiency. Always use the safety hardware and installations recommended by the manufacturer.


4. Does your window unit vibrate?

The compressor spinning and the buzzing of the fan create a lot more noise than an air conditioner. Your unit may vibrate if it has been installed incorrectly. Place it in the window securely. Check the installation instructions to confirm that nothing was missed.

5. Is it set to the right temperature? Smart or programmable thermostats can regulate the temperature in your home to make it pleasant while you are there, and warm when not. If the temperature does not seem right, make sure the thermostat is not placed in direct sun as it could indicate an incorrect temperature.


6. Are they dirty or clogged? Regular vacuuming is recommended if you have forced heating and cooling. You should ensure that nothing is preventing airflow through your registers such as furniture and other objects.


7. Is the compressor too crowded with plants? Outdoor central air compressors need to have sufficient airflow for them to function properly. This means that there should be at most 2 to 3 feet of space between them and any other plants or structures. The unit should have a 5-foot clearance from any trees or plants above it.


8. Do you recall your annual health check? Professional HVAC inspections can catch any issues early and prevent them from getting worse. The HVAC expert will inspect all moving components and the refrigerant.

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