Air Conditioner Troubleshooting: 5 Common Problems

AC Troubleshooting Tips:

Arizona’s scorching desert climate makes air conditioning a necessity for comfort and survival. However, air conditioners are not impervious to problems. In this blog, we will discuss five common AC problems in Arizona and provide troubleshooting tips to help you resolve them quickly and effectively.

1. Insufficient Cooling:

If your AC is not keeping you cool enough, the first thing to check are the thermostat settings. Make sure it’s set to the desired temperature and in cooling mode. Dirty air filters can also restrict airflow, so inspect and clean or replace them if necessary. Additionally, check the outdoor unit for any debris obstructing the condenser. If the problem persists, it could indicate refrigerant leaks or a malfunctioning compressor, in which case it’s best to contact the professionals at Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling.

2. Uneven Cooling:

Uneven cooling is a common issue in larger homes or multi-level buildings. Start by examining the air vents to ensure they are open and unobstructed. Consider closing vents in rooms that don’t require as much cooling to redirect airflow. If the problem persists, there may be an issue with the ductwork, such as leaks or blockages. Consult Shadrach to assess your specific situation and repair the duct system.

3. Noisy Operation:

Unusual noises from your AC unit can be a sign of problems. Rattling sounds may indicate loose parts, while squealing noises could suggest a worn-out fan belt. Turn off the system and inspect the components for visible damage. You may choose to tighten any loose screws and replace worn-out belts yourself, but for the most efficient AC repair, call Shadrach. 

4. Frequent Cycling:

If your air conditioner turns on and off frequently, it could indicate an issue with the thermostat or an improper refrigerant charge. Ensure the thermostat is away from heat sources and calibrated correctly. A refrigerant leak or low refrigerant levels can also cause frequent cycling. In such cases, it’s crucial to enlist the expertise of a Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling certified HVAC technician to identify and resolve the underlying problem.

5. Water Leaks:

Water leaks around the indoor unit can be caused by a clogged condensate drain line. Check the drain line for any blockages and clear them using a mixture of water and vinegar. Additionally, inspect the condensate pan for cracks or damage. If the issue persists, it’s advisable to seek professional help to avoid potential water damage and mold growth.

The previous troubleshooting tips may help resolve your issues. If not, Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling is only a phone call away. Even better, regular maintenance can keep your AC running smoothly and avoid costly AC repairs in the first place. Schedule your AC maintenance today.