When it comes to air conditioning problems associated with ac units and their usage, there are a few factors which are the cause of most air conditioner related issues.
Most air conditioning problems can be attributed to incorrect usage, the need for maintenance, or incorrect initial installation of the ac unit.
Air conditioners have to work hard to maintain a constant temperature and there are a number of problems that can cause the air conditioner system to perform poorly and use excessive electricity.
When the aircon unit is in use its important that you close all windows in the area being cooled, and close doors if the aircon unit is going in one part of the house but not in another.
Open windows allow for a change in air pressure and put simply, the cold air will rush out any opening – be it an external window, or a door to a warmer part of the house. This will help you save on ac repair.
Incorrect usage can also come from attempting to “speed” cool an area or room by turning the thermostat down to a low level in order to speed up the cooling process.
This in fact overloads the air conditioning unit – it will consume a lot of electricity trying to get to the desired temperature and in the process go straight past the optimal temperature that you are really looking for.
Its best to set the thermostat on your air conditioning unit and then leave it in place, close all windows and if you are using a small aircon unit close the doors to the room as well.
Air Conditioning Problems – Maintenance
Maintenance, or lack of it, is the number 1 cause of most air conditioning problems, together with excessive power usage.
An ac unit is comprised of a compressor and a fan unit. There is also refrigerant gas and filters that can cause issues if poorly maintained.
One easy step to follow is that of regularly cleaning the filter. On small aircon units and split air conditioners, the filters are normally readily accessible and can be easily removed and cleaned either by using a vacuum cleaner or in some cases washing the filters. If the filters are allowed to clog up with dust the aircon unit will have to work overtime to push air through the filters, there will be less airflow from, and higher energy consumption.
Given that this is an easy task, there is no reason why this function cannot be performed regularly.
Adding refrigerant is a more specialized job and generally requires a trained technician to assist with maintaining and servicing the air conditioner, and recharging of refrigerant levels.
Additional issue that can arise on very hot days might include the air con switching off unexpectedly, simply because the compressor is being overworked.
Normally there is a reset button that can be pushed to reactivate the compressor. Perhaps consider turning the temperature up a degree or two so that the aircon is not under such a high workload.
Another possible maintenance issue can arise if in fact refrigerant is leaking from the unit, in which case the refrigerant level will be continually getting lower and lower and will be impossible for the aircon unit to maintain the desired temperature int he room.
Don’t be alarmed however when you see condensation dripping from the outside of an aircon unit.
This is normally humidity taken from the air and is a common site especially with small window-type air conditioning units.
If your air conditioning unit is leaking refrigerant you will need a trained service technician to fix the leak before recharging the air conditioner.
Air Conditioning Problems – Installation Issues
Small air-con units are designed for small areas such as bedrooms or a study. Larger living areas are best managed by split air conditioners or centrally ducted air conditioning. Having the wrong ac unit for the area you are trying to cool will lead to excessive power consumption and frustration with temperatures that fluctuate and are either too warm, or too cool.
Before purchasing an air conditioner it pays to get the assistance of a trained air conditioner installer as this will help prevent air conditioning problems arising in the first place. A trained installer will help determine the correct type of air con for your home or office, where to locate it for best operation and least maintenance issues.
To avoid encountering air conditioning problems review all the issues above, clean your filters regularly, and used trained service technicians for installation and servicing.