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Why isn’t my AC working?

Aug 12, 2021 | Uncategorized

Air conditioning problems can become a sweaty mess during the hot and humid months of summer here in Southwest Ohio, when homeowners rely on their home Cooling equipment for relaxation and rest.

If you’re dealing with an A/C breakdown or home Cooling system problem during these hot months, we want you to know you can always reach out to us no matter what day of the year it is. As soon as you call us with your home Cooling problem, we send out an NATE-certified technician to your home to help right away. Otherwise, if you’re looking to troubleshoot the problem on your own, our home Cooling experts here at Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati offer the following list of things to check when your A/C starts acting up:

Check Your Thermostat and Controls

If you’ve lost your cool comfort or if you’re having an A/C problem, one of the first things you’re advised to do is check your A/C’s thermostat and controls. Checking these two areas should help you pinpoint the cause of the problem or eliminate other possible causes. In addition to checking all the A/C’s controls and safety features, you should also check your A/C’s power source and your breakers. It’s important to make sure the A/C is turned on and has power running to it. You should also test your thermostat to make sure it’s working properly also and make sure it is on the proper settings. After you check all this, you can move on to other possible causes.

Check Your Condenser Coils 

Home Cooling systems utilize a wide range of parts that need to be inspected and cleaned regularly. This is one of the reasons we at Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati sell a/c maintenance at such a low cost. A/C maintenance is suggested for the customer’s benefit; it’s not there for us to make money. We want your equipment to last. In any case, if you’re having problems with your home Cooling unit, A/C condenser coils should be checked right away. The condenser coils are the walls that surround the inside of the A/C unit and hold the A/C refrigerant in its liquid form. These coils should have a metallic shine. If they don’t or if they’re dirty, they’ll have issues. Look for stuff like dirt, dust and debris. You’ll want to have them cleaned heading into the summer every year.

Check Your Air Filters 

Air flow is everything when it comes to air conditioning. If you’re changing them regularly, your air filters should work well removing allergens, particles and pollutants from the air in your home, improving your overall Indoor Air Quality. Our air filters on all our HVAC units also helps by preventing dust, dirt and debris from gathering within the equipment itself. This stuff can not only hinder performance, but also cause damage. Because of this, air filters should be checked regularly throughout the summer, as in once every month. If you find they’re dirty, they need to be replaced or cleaned right away. If not, a bad air filter that’s clogged up or dirty can cause serious damage to the whole system. It can run up your home Cooling bills and even result in full A/C system failure.

Check A/C Capacitor 

Residential air conditioning systems utilize an A/C capacitor that supplies power to the A/C’s fan motor. This capacitor stores electricity so that it can provide a quick charge or burst of energy to the motor, which it’s connected to, when it is necessary. On average, capacitors should be replaced every 5 to 7 years or so. If not, they can become extra sensitive to overHeating. Tips on how to make your A/C capacitor last longer and prevent it from overHeating include setting the thermostat a little higher on the hotter days and making sure to schedule regular seasonal maintenance with your local experts at Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati!

How’s Your Maintenance History?

We at Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati ever-emphasize the importance of regular A/C maintenance. We remind homeowners all the time! Nevertheless, despite this, we still get those calls during the truly hot months from homeowners who lose their cool air because they neglected this vital service during the spring. We encourage you not to be that homeowner. It might cost you a little up front, but the payoffs in the long run are worth it when your A/C runs smoother, lasts longer and saves you on Cooling costs.

If your A/C isn’t working, call the team that cares about your air today!

If you’re still experiencing problems with your home Cooling system, don’t wait for the problem to get any worse. You don’t need to sweat A/C problems! Call Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati today at (513) 216-5011