Whether you are trying to repair an air conditioner, heat pump or furnace, safety always has first priority. Turn off the power before touching internal components or any equipment. Wait at least one hour for the air conditioner to cool down.
Turning off the thermostat will not completely shut off the power. Turn off the power through the circuit breaker to make sure the system is de-energized before touching any equipment.
Air Conditioner Runs Without Stopping
A number of problems can cause your air conditioner to run non-stop. While more serious problems require calling a professional, here are some troubleshooting tips you can try before calling a service center.
Check the thermostat
If your thermostat is set to “on,” your air conditioner fan will run without stopping. Make sure your thermostat is in the “auto” position. This setting ensures that the fan will stop when the desired temperature is reached.
If the thermostat is set to the “auto” position, check the return vents for clogs or build-up.
Check the air controller/fan motor
The air controller is an internal component of the central air conditioning system. It usually looks like a metal cabinet or box and is usually located in the attic or basement. It contains key components such as the fan motor and air filter.
Check the fan motor and the separator around the motor. If the fan motor or separator is dirty, clean it with a microfiber cloth.
Check the air filter
The air filter is inside your air handle. You may need a screwdriver or similar tool to open the air knob.
A dirty or clogged filter can block air flow and prevent your air conditioner from reaching the desired temperature. Remove the filter and check it for debris. If the filter is washable, you can clean it with soap and water.
Check your air ducts
If none of the do-it-yourself troubleshooting tips helped, your air conditioner may be too small for your home. The thermostat may also be faulty.
A professional HVAC technician can best diagnose the problem and offer an effective solution. Don’t delay your air conditioner repair. Do not forget that repairing is much easier and cheaper immediately after a breakdown occurs. If your air conditioner is working, but making strange noises or not cooling the room enough, it means it’s time to contact the technicians.
Don’t wait until the air conditioner is completely out of order. In the case of untimely repairs, there is a very high possibility that a long complex repair will be required. Even a few days without air conditioning in the summer heat in San Diego County, CA will bring great discomfort to the whole family. But by calling the masters from SDAC Heating & Air Conditioning you can avoid this problem.