How to Repair a Central AC System, Part 1

Technician cleaning out an air conditioning unitIf your central air conditioning system suddenly takes a turn for the worst, there are a few common problem areas you can check. Below are a variety of different problems you could experience with your system and how to troubleshoot them.

The AC System Is Not Turning On

If the system did not turn on at all, the leading causes would be a tripped circuit breaker, a faulty thermostat, or an internal switch issue. Check to make sure your thermostat is in the “cool” position and not switched off or on “heat.” You should also check to make sure a fuse has not blown, or a circuit breaker has been tripped and reset if necessary. Confirm that all the switches in and around the unit are turned on and that the condensate overflow tray does not contain excess water.

There Is Poor Airflow from the Vents

Poor airflow for heating and cooling in Williamsburg, VA, can come from dirty filters or ductwork. Inspect all of the ductwork to ensure there are no disconnections, crimps, or blockages. Repair or reconnect as needed and if they are blocked, you may want to hire a cleaning service to ensure they are fully cleared out. You should also check the vents in each room to ensure they are fully open.