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Common Air Conditioning Problems and How to Fix Them

June 11, 2024 | Blog

As the summer heat intensifies in Biloxi and surrounding areas like Gulfport and Ocean Springs, the importance of a well-functioning air conditioning system cannot be overstated. At Ball Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical, we understand that a malfunctioning AC unit can disrupt your comfort and peace of mind. Our company is dedicated to providing top-notch HVAC, plumbing, and electrical services to ensure your home remains a sanctuary of comfort. In this blog post, we will explore common air conditioning problems and how to fix them, helping you stay cool and comfortable all summer long.

 1. AC Not Cooling Properly

One of the most common issues homeowners face is an air conditioner that isn’t cooling effectively. This problem can stem from various causes, including:

  • Dirty Air Filters: Clogged filters restrict airflow, making it difficult for your AC to cool your home. Regularly replacing or cleaning your filters can resolve this issue.
  • Refrigerant Leaks: Low refrigerant levels can hinder your AC’s cooling capacity. If you suspect a leak, it’s crucial to contact a professional for a proper diagnosis and repair.
  • Thermostat Issues: Sometimes, the problem lies with the thermostat. Ensure it’s set to the correct temperature and functioning properly.

 2. AC Unit Not Turning On

If your air conditioner won’t turn on, it could be due to:

  • Tripped Circuit Breaker: Check your electrical panel for any tripped breakers and reset them if necessary.
  • Faulty Thermostat: A malfunctioning thermostat can prevent your AC from turning on. Replacing the batteries or the thermostat itself may solve the problem.
  • Blown Fuse: Inspect the fuse box for any blown fuses and replace them as needed.

 3. Strange Noises from the AC Unit

Unusual noises coming from your air conditioner can indicate various issues:

  • Rattling or Banging: Loose parts or debris in the unit can cause these sounds. Turn off the AC and inspect for any loose components.
  • Hissing or Whistling: These noises often point to refrigerant leaks or ductwork issues. It’s best to call a professional to address these problems.
  • Squealing: A worn-out belt or motor bearings can produce a squealing noise. Replacing the belt or lubricating the bearings can resolve this issue.

 4. AC Blowing Warm Air

When your air conditioner blows warm air, it can be frustrating. Common causes include:

  • Dirty Evaporator Coils: Dust and dirt on the coils can impede heat transfer, causing warm air to circulate. Regular cleaning can prevent this issue.
  • Low Refrigerant Levels: As mentioned earlier, low refrigerant can affect cooling performance. A professional can recharge the refrigerant and fix any leaks.
  • Faulty Compressor: The compressor is essential for cooling. If it’s malfunctioning, it may need repair or replacement.

 5. Water Leaks Around the AC Unit

Water pooling around your air conditioner can be a sign of:

  • Clogged Drain Line: A blocked drain line can cause water to back up and leak. Clearing the blockage can resolve this issue.
  • Frozen Evaporator Coils: When coils freeze, they can cause water to drip as they thaw. Addressing the root cause of the freezing, such as airflow issues, can prevent leaks.
  • Improper Installation: If your AC unit wasn’t installed correctly, it might not drain properly. Professional reinstallation may be necessary.

 6. AC Cycling On and Off Frequently

Short cycling, where the AC turns on and off frequently, can be caused by:

  • Oversized Unit: An AC that’s too large for your home can cool it too quickly, leading to short cycles. A professional assessment can determine if a different unit size is needed.
  • Thermostat Placement: If the thermostat is in a location that gets direct sunlight or drafts, it can cause short cycling. Relocating the thermostat can help.
  • Low Refrigerant Levels: As with other issues, low refrigerant can cause the AC to short cycle. A professional can diagnose and fix this problem.

 Why Choose Ball Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical?

At Ball Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical, we are a trusted authority in the home services industry. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our Iron Clad Guarantees. Whether you’re in Biloxi, Gulfport, or Ocean Springs, our experienced technicians are ready to diagnose and fix any AC issues. Remember, “Call Ball That’s All” for all your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical needs. Contact us at (228) 205-3763 or click here to schedule a service or learn more about our current offers. Stay cool and comfortable with Ball Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical!

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