Saturday, February 25, 2012

What to Do When Your East Valley A/C Isn't Cooling

A home's air conditioner is just like a car's A/C. There's refrigerant, a condenser, compressor, evaporator, blower motor, etc. . Everything's exactly the same except larger. Repairing a home A/C unit is not for the typical do-it-yourselfer, so be sure that you really know what you're doing before you go digging around the electrical components. You can be seriously injured or even killed when working in the unit other than to perform routine maintenance tasks.

So, what do you do when your air conditioner isn't working? Before you call an East Valley A/C repairman, first you check to see if it's even turning on at all. If not, be sure to check that your circuit breakers are turned on and that the fuses have not blown out. Also, make sure your thermostat is properly set to cool. Next, check your equipment. If the coils or filers are dirty or they are obstructed by debris, they cannot work properly.

Central air conditioners have two separate components: the condenser and the evaporator. The condenser unit is usually located outside the house on a concrete slab. The evaporator coil is mounted in the main duct junction above the furnace. Both the evaporator and the condenser are sealed. Therefore, a professional service person should be called for almost any maintenance other than routine cleaning.
If you are an experienced A/C repairman, you can also check your refrigerant level. If it's low, you can add some and then check for leaks. If it's leaking, or you don't know how to check it to begin with, call an East Valley air conditioner repair service. Remember, if you are not equipped or well versed in A/C repairs, it's better to be safe and have your air conditioner repaired by a professional than sorry!

If you are able to check the refrigerant level and it's full, but the unit is still not turning on, check the switch and thermostat. If the refrigerant level is full, but still not blowing cold, clean out your evaporator. If you don't know how to do this properly and safely, consult a professional A/C repair service.
There's one final reason your A/C unit may not be cooling -- Is there high humidity? In the summer, when the temperatures start hitting the high 90's, sometimes the air conditioner can't keep up with the rising heat and humidity. The energy used by the unit to cool the air is also used to remove humidity. In high humidity conditions, the air conditioner is working to remove water vapor and cool the air. Considering there is a finite amount of energy available, it is split between these two processes. The higher the humidity, the less energy that can be used for cooling.

As a final note, central air conditioners should be professionally inspected and adjusted before the beginning of every cooling season. However, don't let your maintenance end with this annual checkup. While there aren't many repairs you can make yourself, there are specific maintenance procedures you can follow to keep your system operating at peak efficiency.

About AZ Home Appliance Repair
With more than 30 year experience, AZ Home Appliance Repair's service technicians are certified on all major appliances including: Sub-Zero, Wolf, Dacor and Viking as well as all major makes and models of household appliances such as Whirlpool, Kitchen aid, Monogram, General Electric Profile, Maytag, Amana, LG Life’s Good, and all makes and models of air conditioning units. We strive to meet or exceed all of our customers appliance service needs by providing prompt, friendly service 7-days a week, 24-hours a day resulting in fast repairs while offering the most reasonable rates in the industry. Plus, we guarantee all work and parts. For more information about AZ Home Appliance Repair, please visit our website at or call (602) 334-0601 to schedule a service call.

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