3 Most Common AC Customer Questions
As a Floridian, you know having a reliable air conditioning system isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. When temperatures skyrocket, the cooling relief of an AC is the only way to keep your cool and beat the heat. Air conditioners are complex systems that require routine maintenance by experienced and trained technicians. At Blair’s Air Conditioning and Heating, we have years of experience serving residents across Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater. Oftentimes, we get the same questions time and time again from our customers. Here are three of the most common AC customer questions we run into.
1. Why won’t my AC system turn on?
When your AC suddenly stops working during the height of summer, that’s an issue you can’t avoid. Here are three common reasons your air conditioner has stopped working and what you can do to address the situation.
- The circuit breaker has tripped.
- There is a problem with your thermostat.
- The condenser unit plug isn’t connected or wires have been chewed.
What to Do:
First, visually inspect the cord coming out of the AC unit. Make sure it’s plugged in and all of the wires are intact. If you don’t see a problem there, try resetting the breakers connected to both your indoor and outdoor units. Wait 30 to 60 seconds, then turn them both on.
If nothing changes after five or ten minutes, check your float switch located on the emergency drain pan underneath the air handler. Pull the lid off the float switch and inspect inside the PVC line for water. If you see water or condensation buildup, use a Shop-Vac to remove it or call Blair’s for professional assistance.
2. Why isn’t my AC keeping the house as cool as it used to?
If you notice your home just isn’t keeping cool the way it used to, there are a few different reasons this could be happening. Don’t despair, this is one of the most frequently asked questions we get from our customers.
- Your air filters are dirty and are reducing the efficiency of your AC’s performance.
- Your air ducts may be obstructed and unable to provide cool air to the inside of your home.
- Your system is freezing up.
What to Do:
This issue will take some inspecting and investigating on the part of a professional AC tech. Call Blair’s to assess why the temperature in your house isn’t reaching your desired comfort level.
3. Why is my AC blowing warm air?
Few things are more frustrating than walking in the door from a hot afternoon outdoors and realizing your air conditioner is blowing warm air instead of cool.
- Your thermostat is turned to heat mode.
- A dirty air filter has resulted in a dirty and malfunctioning evaporator coil.
- Your outdoor compressor unit is obstructed or blocked.
- Your system is low on refrigerant.
What to Do:
First, go to your thermostat and make sure it’s set to cool rather than heat. If it’s at cool, then check your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your evaporator coil to become dirty as well and impact the performance and efficiency of your entire system. You’ll need to call a professional to clean your coils.
If your filter is clean and isn’t the source of the problem, head outside to check your outdoor compressor unit. Is there anything blocking the unit or airflow of the condenser coils? You want to keep branches, bushes or any other obstructions at least 18 inches away from your unit.
If everything looks good there, the culprit is most likely low refrigerant levels. Here are three signs your AC is low on refrigerant:
- The house cools extremely slow.
- Your AC vents are blowing warm or hot air.
- You notice ice building up on your refrigerant line.
Call Blair’s Air for AC Repair in St. Pete, Clearwater and Tampa
Have a question about your AC system that wasn’t listed above? We love helping customers find AC solutions and are eager to answer any questions you might have.
Don’t suffer the discomfort of a busted air conditioning system during the middle of summer. The AC experts at Blair’s Air Conditioning and Heating are here to save the day and solve your dilemma no matter the size or scope. Call us today at (727) 800-4148, or visit us online to schedule an appointment. Quick response and quality service is more than just a tradition, it’s a promise.