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Air conditioning units are a lifeline during hot seasons, but like any appliance, they can encounter issues. Before reaching for the phone to call an electrician, let’s explore troubleshooting steps to tackle common air conditioning problems and know when it’s time to seek professional help.

1⋅ Check the Basics:

•  Power Supply: Ensure the unit is receiving power. Sometimes a tripped breaker or a disconnected power source could be the culprit. It may also be that the batteries need to be replaced in the remote.

•  Thermostat Settings: Verify that the thermostat is set to the right temperature and mode (cooling, not just fan or heating, from winter).

•  Air Filter: A clogged air filter can obstruct airflow and strain the system. Regularly changing or cleaning filters is crucial for efficient operation.

2⋅ Examine Airflow and Vents:

•  Air Vents: Ensure all vents are open and unobstructed. Blocked vents can disrupt airflow and affect cooling efficiency.

•  Airflow Quality: Check for weak or uneven airflow. This could indicate issues with the fan or ductwork, requiring professional attention.

3⋅ Assess Unit’s Exterior:

•  Condenser Unit: Inspect the outdoor unit for debris, such as leaves or dirt, obstructing airflow. Clean the area around the unit regularly. Additionally, look for water or moisture near the unit, as this could indicate a leak. You may experience a leak because of a blocked drain or any number of other possible problems. You should contact an electrician if there is a leak so that it can be properly diagnosed.

•  Refrigerant Leaks: Look for signs of refrigerant leaks, like hissing sounds or ice build up on the refrigerant lines. Refrigerant leaks need immediate professional intervention.

4⋅ Listen for Unusual Sounds:

•  Clanking or Grinding: Unusual sounds may suggest issues with the fan or motor. Turn off the unit immediately and call an electrician.

5⋅ Observe Performance Over Time:

•  Consistent Issues: If the air conditioner repeatedly fails to cool properly despite your troubleshooting efforts, it might be time to call an electrician.

•  Frequent Cycling: Frequent on/off cycling could indicate an underlying issue that needs professional diagnosis and repair.

When to Call an Electrician:

•  Electrical Problems: If you suspect electrical issues like a malfunctioning thermostat, faulty wiring, or tripped breakers, it’s highly recommended to call a professional electrician, such as Voltora Industries.

•  Refrigerant Issues: Handling refrigerant requires specialised knowledge and equipment. If you suspect a refrigerant leak or low levels, contact a HVAC technician.

•  Complex Repairs: For issues involving the compressor, condenser, or intricate internal components, it’s advisable to seek the expertise of a licenced electrician.

Remember, while troubleshooting basic issues can save time and money, safety comes first. Avoid attempting complex repairs if you’re not familiar with the system’s mechanics or dealing with electrical components. When in doubt or if safety is a concern, contacting a qualified electrician or HVAC technician ensures a thorough diagnosis and resolution of air conditioning problems, restoring your cool comfort in no time.

Our team at Voltora can handle both electrical and HVAC issues, so give us a call for any air conditioning concerns today!

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