Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
When your air conditioner stops blowing cold air there's a problem, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you need an entirely new air conditioning unit. There are numerous things that could cause your AC to stop blowing cold air, so before you panic or purchase a new unit, take some time to check a few of the easiest solutions.
Before you assume there is a major problem with your air conditioning unit, take a second to make sure your thermostat is programmed correctly. The fact is, the fan can run without the air conditioner actually running. If this is the case, you could feel warm air coming through the vents. So, instead of setting the fan to "on," set it to "auto." This way, the fan only kicks on when the air conditioner goes into cooling mode.
Even if your thermostat is set correctly it could still be causing the problem. If your thermostat isn't working properly, it may not trigger your air conditioner's cooling mode. So, when the air conditioner repair company sends someone out to troubleshoot your AC, make sure he checks the thermostat. It's possible that the unit is working properly and you simply need to have the thermostat replaced or rewired.
When an air conditioner doesn't have enough freon it won't produce cold air. In order to produce cold air, the freon in your air conditioner passes through the coils, changing from liquid to gas. As it changes, it makes the coils cold. Then, air passes over the coils, which lowers the temperature of the air, to cool your home.
Air conditioner repair companies can add more freon to your unit to recharge it. While recharging the unit is cheaper than replacing it completely, you might have to have the unit recharged before each cooling season. Also, make sure the repairman checks for freon leaks when he recharges your unit. Sometimes older air conditioners have small leaks that can easily be repaired to help your unit hold a charge.
If you didn't clean the coils on your air conditioning unit before you began using it this year, debris could be blocking the cool air from entering your home. To resolve the problem:
Once you've completely cleaned the coils, use a temperature probe to check the air going in and coming out of your AC unit. The air coming out of the AC unit should be approximately 15 degrees cooler than the air going into the unit.
It's common for people to automatically think the worst when their air conditioning unit stops blowing cold air. It is possible that you could have to replace the entire unit. However, more often than not, there's a much simpler solution to the problem. Contact a professional like one from Travers Plumbing & Heating Inc for more information.