Summer is in full swing, and with it, some pretty overworked air conditioners. The cool refuge that these units offer from the ovenlike outdoors has become a lifeline to many, especially the medically vulnerable, but where could you go when you’re A/C starts to stall, unable to blow cool, refreshing air? Try these simple checks to find out if you’ll need urgent AC repair in Bossier City, LA through a reputable contractor locally based in the city, or in the surrounding areas. As SFGate.com writer Matt Smolsky notes:
"Troubleshooting your air conditioner while you’re waiting or before you even make the call might get the cold air blowing again. Even if you need to call a technician, it will be good to have an understanding of what might be wrong with your air conditioner."
Check everything electrical – A broken air conditioner is often caused by loose or corroded wiring, or even tripped circuit breakers. Faulty or improperly installed wiring may cause an A/C unit to stop functioning, and unless you can understand the problem and perform the repairs yourself, you’ll need help from a local Bossier City air conditioning repair professional. A faulty or even a blown capacitor which stores energy and allows current to pass through the entire system, can also cause an air conditioner to break down.
Check refrigerant levels – Freon is the substance needed to drive the main cooling components of an air conditioner. This liquid is designed to last a long time inside the unit, but troubles occur when the component that holds the substance cracks a leak. Freon recharging is best done by qualified technicians from companies, such as AccuTemp Cooling and Heating. Do not even attempt to handle the substance.
Check the thermostat – The thermostat is a critical component of the air conditioning system as the unit basically runs off of it—as the brain of the system, the controlling device. Broken thermostats are typically caused by power-related issues, such as a blown fuse, tripped circuit breaker, or dead batteries. They can also be affected by accumulated dirt and contaminants inside, which can interfere with both electrical and mechanical components.
Sensor problems – Several air conditioners feature a special thermostat sensor, which automatically measures the temperature of air as it comes in contact with the evaporative coil. If the sensor is either faulty or thrown out of position, the A/C unit could run continuously or work erratically. Any of these critical A/C problems should be checked by experienced technicians, so it’s best to leave the troubleshooting and repair in their hands.
(Source: How to Know if Your Air Conditioner is Broken, SFGate.com)