“Air Conditioner Repair Troubleshooting in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City”
This month begins our warmer season, so I consider today’s article very timely for this area. Over the years, I have heard and answered many service calls regarding Air Conditioner Repair Troubleshooting in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, and so here is a quick rundown of the issues that top the list. Hopefully, you’ll find answers to the questions you might have. If not, give us a call at 319-622-3636.
1) Air Conditioner Not Cooling
To be sure, sometimes the actual problem is insufficient cooling. Several factors can play into this. The first things to verify include:
- Is the thermostat set to COOL?
- Are the supply vents open, clear of furniture, and blowing air?
- Has the furnace filter been changed?
- Is the outside A/C unit running?
If all of the above are true, but your house still doesn’t feel like it’s cooling, the next things to check would be:
- Have you cleaned the yard debris away from the Air Conditioner Unit?
- Is the chimney damper closed?
- Are any windows or blinds open, allowing excessive heat or direct sunlight in?
Here are problems that may require a service repair call:
- The Air Conditioner Unit does NOT run even though the thermostat is properly set.
- The Air Conditioner Unit does not STAY running due to a circuit breaker being tripped.
- The air that blows from the supply vents is warm.
2) Freon Levels Are Low
Many people jump to this conclusion, even though newer systems would seldom need the refrigerant changed or re-filled under ideal conditions. It is possible, though, to have a leak. Older systems are much more prone to this possibility. If this is your concern, and the above troubleshooting has not solved the A/C cooling issues, the outside unit should be checked by a qualified repair technician. The issue may be something entirely different. However, any leaks that are found should be fixed. Freon is considered hazardous to the environment. Additionally, a system low on Freon will put stress on the compressor, eventually leading it to overheat and fail completely.
3) Frozen Coils
Clear debris which may be blocking airflow, change dirty furnace filter, and check for return air blockages. If none of these solve the issue, call a service technician for diagnosis of the cause.
4) Water Leaks
You should never see water on the floor near your furnace. In cooling mode, water on the floor is a sign of condensate dripping, leaking, or failure to drain. Normal system operation produces a lot of condensation during the summer months, and this is properly removed via coils, drains, and often pumps. Clogged drains, dirty coils, and malfunctioning pumps are example causes of water leaking onto the floor. In all cases, the issue is best repaired by a qualified service technician.
5) Other Air Conditioner Repair Issues
Manufacturers warrant their air conditioner units and occasionally system components can fail. It is difficult to predict in advance what might fail, due to unforeseen conditions of installation location, maintenance, weather, critter trouble, lawn care interference, and other various factors. Often times the fixes can be quick, such as replacement of minor system components, but still such tasks require a qualified service technician to perform diagnostic testing to isolate the issue. You can visually inspect around the unit for damage, but never open the unit yourself.
I have helped many people over the years effectively handle air conditioner repair troubleshooting in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. If you need repair or troubleshooting assistance, please don’t hesitate to call. We offer 24 hour emergency service, and are on call ready to serve.
Until Next Time…