Summer is here, which means it’s time to be certain that your air conditioning system is working. One of the most common complaints regarding air conditioning is that the unit fails to cool your home. While some of the issues will require professional help from Seattle Air Conditioning experts, there are some measures you can take yourself to help increase the efficiency of your cooling unit.
DIRTY AIR FILTER
The first, and easiest thing to check if your air conditioning unit is not cooling properly is the air filter. Because Seattle has such a humid climate, it is recommended that you visually inspect the filter in your unit on a monthly basis. If the filter shows any signs of dirt it should be replaced. A clogged filter will restrict air flow; this restriction decreases the unit’s ability to move cooled air through the system.
AIR CONDITIONING COILS
Once you have inspected/replaced the filter, if the unit still does not cool effectively, check the coils. There are coils inside as well as outside at the condenser. The inside coils are best left to the professionals at Seattle Air Conditioning; you can, however, visually inspect the inside coils. The coils inside should be bright and shiny. If for some reason your unit was not filtered properly, dirt can clog the coils and they must be cleaned.
Check the condenser unit outside to be certain that it is clear of any debris such as shrubs, trees or any other obstruction. Anything that blocks the airflow from the condenser will restrict airflow and decrease efficiency. This is a matter to be handled by the homeowner. Remove any shrubs, leaves, plants or other obstructions from around the condenser.
Another problem that you can diagnose, but not necessarily solve is an issue with the power to your air conditioning unit. A central unit is powered by 24V (to kick the unit on) and 240V (runs the unit). First check the breaker at your main electrical panel. If the breaker is not tripped, switch it off and then back on to see if the problem resolves. If the breaker is tripped, switch it completely off, back on and if it trips again you must seek help for further electrical diagnosis.