With the heat and humidity of Florida, even one day without a working air conditioner can feel like torture. If your air conditioner isn’t working properly, there could be several causes and ac service may be needed. Your first thought may be of internal problems, like a dirty air filter or low Freon levels. However, the reason might be something external that you can easily control, such as an obstruction blocking the airflow.
While it’s great to have an ac service plan to take care of air conditioner equipment breakdowns, you might be able to avoid a call altogether if you can troubleshoot the issue yourself. Checking for obstructions around your air conditioning or central air unit is a good place to start.
Things to check for when looking for an obstruction
• Dirt and dust around the outside of the unit
• Obstructive weeds, bushes and shrubbery on the outside of your home
• Furniture or other household items placed too close to the unit
• Screens or storm window frames that could potentially affect the part of the unit that is outside
• Drapes or other window coverings that can interfere with the air flow
• Structures on the outside of your home, such as a shed too close to a central air unit or the window housing an air conditioner being too near a retaining wall
What to consider when placing an air conditioner
If obstructions around your air conditioning unit are unavoidable, it’s time to think about putting the unit in a different spot. After all, it’s a waste of money to have an air conditioner that isn’t operating at peak performance. Whether you’re installing a new unit or already have one, here are some things to remember:
It may be best if your air conditioner doesn’t have to share an electrical outlet. You might want to select a spot that doesn’t need to power other devices – even small ones like hair dryers. Also, make sure the outlet is capable of handling the load without blowing a fuse.
Where the unit is placed is also important. For example, if it’s on the west side of your home, there may be more heat from sunlight, which will require additional energy to cool your house.
When it’s time to call the professionals
Even the handiest of do-it-yourselfers sometimes need assistance when it comes to air conditioning or central air units. In fact, with so many parts and mechanisms, it can actually be dangerous to try to fix these appliances alone. It’s also important to note that causing damage to a unit could violate any warranty you may have.
If removing obstructions and dust doesn’t solve the problem, it may be time to call for back up. Trust the experts at Service America for all your air conditioning needs. We can diagnose and fix your problem quickly and efficiently to make your home comfortable again.