Troubleshooting Your Air Conditioner: When is it Time to Call The Pros?

Spring is a bit of a crazy time in terms of temperature: one day it’s snowing; the next it’s shorts weather. But we know that the dog days of summer are just around the corner, and no one wants to get caught without a functioning air conditioner when the heat is on!

If you cranked up your AC unit at all during the early months of spring and noticed something wasn’t quite right – was it blowing hot air? Was it blowing a weak stream (or no stream) of air? Now’s the time to diagnose and fix any problems within the system. Many problems are easily remedied, but some do require professional attention.

Woodruff Energy’s AC installation experts in Gloucester County, NJ, can help you avoid a sweaty, uncomfortable mess down the line. Follow our tips for troubleshooting your air conditioner and stay cool when it counts.

Is it the filter?

There are millions of particles in the air, and the job of your air conditioner’s filter is to keep those particles out of your indoor air. It stands to reason that the filter can get pretty filthy over time. It’s a simple issue that can cause a number of malfunctions within the AC system, from low air flow to warm air flow to leaks to high energy bills due to an overworked air conditioner. Cleaning or replacing the filter is a must for proper AC maintenance.

Is it the condenser?

The outdoor portion of the AC unit is exposed to all the elements, as well as the outdoor air, and can also get pretty dirty. Too much dirt will interfere with the condenser’s ability to cool the home and certainly will decrease the efficiency of the system. Improving the AC performance could be as easy as hosing off the dirt and grime.

Is it the thermostat?

It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s important to check the settings on your thermostat to make sure it’s set to cool your home – not heat it. On the other hand, if the thermostat is malfunctioning, that’s not always easy to see with an untrained eye and could require professional assistance.

Is it the electrical circuit?

If the air conditioner isn’t working at all, head to your home breaker box and make sure a circuit hasn’t tripped. A flip of a switch could truly be the difference between hot and cold.

Do you need help?

If none of the above steps seem to yield any answers, or you don’t have enough experience with breaker boxes or thermostats to find a solution to your problem, don’t worry. Woodruff Energy is a phone call away.

Whether you need a simple filter replacement, a few minor repairs, or even if it’s time to replace the entire unit, our AC installation experts help homeowners in Gloucester County, NJ, and the surrounding areas with these kinds of issues every day. Contact us for help and get your AC situation squared away before summer takes over.

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