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Air Conditioner Isn't Working? Check Out the US Department of Energy's Reasons Why

Oh no!  The air conditioner stopped working!  Here are some possibilities for what could be wrong, taken from the US Department of Energy’s infographic, “Common Air Conditioner Problems.”  Check out the infographic for all of the options.

Your unit isn’t cooling properly

Refrigerant

Your refrigerant could be low or leaking.  Call a trained technician to repair the leak and recharge the system.

Thermostat Issues

Check your thermostat to make sure it is set properly and it is reading the correct temperature.

Drain Problems

Check your unit’s drain to make sure it isn’t clogged.

Dirty Filter

A clogged filter restricts airflow through the unit, decreasing its efficiency and reducing its ability to effectively cool the air.

Your unit isn’t turning on

Electric Control Failure

Your compressor and fan controls could be worn out from having your system turn off and on too frequently.  Contact a professional to check your unit’s electrical connections.

Thermostat

Make sure your thermostat is working–it might need new batteries or might need to be replaced entirely.

Limited airflow

Ductwork Problems

Your ducts could be leaking air or be clogged or constricted.  Work with a professional to clean and air seal your ducts.

Dirty Filter

A clogged filter restricts airflow through the unit, decreasing its efficiency and reducing its ability to effectively cool the air.

(*This information is taken directly from the Energy.gov infographic, “Common Air Conditioner Problems)

 

For more information, or if you suspect that your air conditioner has any of these problems-contact Flame!

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