Why is My AC Not Working?

By April 27, 2018 Air Conditioning

When your air conditioner is not blowing air, it can take only a couple of hours for your home’s temperature to rise to an uncomfortable level, leaving you and your family sweaty and restless. Other AC technicians may take days to get to you, but we understand the need for prompt and reliable emergency service and repairs when your AC stops blowing air.

There are a number of reasons that your air conditioner may have trouble kicking on. Check out the most common AC problems below to identify if the unit — or something else entirely — is to blame.

Thermostat Issues

Sometimes when the air conditioner is not blowing, people tend to think the worst by concluding it is a deeper problem with the unit itself. However, in reality, the thermostat might simply be turned off. Before troubleshooting for any other potential problem, check that the thermostat is in the “on” position, the batteries are not dead, and that the temperature is set below the heightened temperature outside.

Tripped Circuit Breaker

Another similar problem is that the unit may not be receiving power in the first place. This can happen when a high voltage circuit breaker is tripped and turned off. Bad wiring could be to blame. Check the power distribution panel and flip it on, or even look around the unit to see if there are any associated wires failing to supply power to the unit.

Frozen Coil

The sight of a frozen evaporator coil in the warmer weathermight be shocking, but it is a very common reason an AC stops working properly. The culprit is often blocked airflow combining with the moisture already present in the air, which causes ice to build up. Airflow blockage can be attributed to a variety of things such as clogged ducts, debris buildup, and inefficient blower motors, to name a few. If you see ice, turn off your AC, let it thaw, and call a technician to come and inspect the issue.

Low Refrigerant

Refrigerant, sometimes known as freon, is what makes air that comes out of a unit cold, so if the unit is low on refrigerant, the air coming out may be room temperature or even a bit warm. This reduction in the level of freon could imply that there is a leak somewhere within the system. Any leaks should be found and repaired by a professional.

Breaks in the Ductwork

The ductwork needs to be sealed properly in order to maintain the pressure of the cool air as it travels through your home. If gaps or breaks occur, it causes the air to escape before it can ever leave the vent. According to the US Department of Energy, older ductwork systems with potential gaps and breaks can lose between 25% to 40% of cooling energy, which means not only are you not feeling the cooling effects of your AC, you’re also losing money. Ductwork repair and maintenance can only be handled by trained specialists.

Contact Us for Air Conditioning Repair in Little Rock!

Your comfort shouldn’t suffer just because an air conditioner issue occurs after normal business hours. Contact us anytime and we can be out there to offer swift and courteous service. Our vehicles are stocked with supplies to work with most makes and models of air conditioning brands.

Take a look at our annual maintenance agreement to learn more about what we offer. Contact us for repair of your cooling system today!