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4 Air Conditioning Problems in the Spring and How to Fix Them

Chris Helms - Thursday, April 09, 2015

Can I handle DIY heating and air conditioning repair with some troubleshooting tips?


There’s nothing worse than dealing with heating and air conditioning problems at night or on the weekends. Now that the summer months are fast approaching and hotter weather right along with it, it’s good to have some troubleshooting tips in your back pocket, just in case you want to try your hand at some basic repair.

Consider these four common air conditioning problems and solutions you can try:

Tip #1: No cool air? Check the condenser coil.

Make sure the condenser coil is clean and that there is no dirt or debris present. Dirt and debris can obstruct airflow through the condenser. At the very least, this will decrease efficiency, because it’s having to work harder or worse case, cause the system to stop working all together. Check the outside condenser to be sure there aren’t trees, branches, or shrubs obstructing it. If there are, clear them away from the unit.

Tip #2: Air conditioner won’t turn on? Check the breaker and the compressor.

If the A/C won’t turn on at all, check the breaker switch first to be sure it’s getting electricity. If that’s not the problem, move to the compressor. If the compressor is not on, look for the reset switch and try resetting it.

Tip #3: Still having issues? Know when to call for backup.

A good HVAC contractor will be available for troubleshooting. If you’ve tried the basics and you’re still having problems with your cooling system, make the call and talk to a professional.

Anytime you need help or service with your heating and air conditioning system, give our expert team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 877-GO-HELMS.