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3 Useful HVAC Troubleshooting Tips

Arianne Large - Thursday, May 03, 2018

What to do when your heating and air conditioning system is on the blink this spring.

Spring is the time when the flowers are in bloom and the heating turns to air conditioning. Nothing like a nice cool house on a warm spring day! But what do you do if your AC stops working the way it should? Take a look at these three common issues and some useful spring HVAC troubleshooting tips:

#1: AC Isn’t Blowing Cool Air

When your AC is on, you expect it to blow cool air. When that isn’t happening, check these things:

  • Check the condenser coil - it could have dirt and debris keeping it from functioning properly
  • Make sure nothing is blocking the feed line
  • Check the outside unit for debris that could be obstructing the mechanisms

#2: Leaking from the Central Air Conditioner

If you see water near or around your AC unit, that is not a good sign. Things to check for include:

  • Hose line leaks in the condensate pump
  • A condensate pump not secured in the outlet
  • The air filter could be dirty or clogged

#3: Air Conditioner Is Not Turning On

Even if it’s still cool at night, you probably want your air conditioner to work when you ask it to. If your AC is not turning on, take a look at these possible causes:

  • Make sure the breaker didn’t get switched off
  • Ensure the compressor is still on
  • Check the thermostat to make sure it’s on and set correctly

It's easy to diagnose certain air conditioning issues, but often harder to fix. Instead of trying to DIY, make sure you call in a reliable tech if you're having HVAC issues this spring. For help with AC issues, and support for your heating and air conditioning system year-round, contact the experts at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.