It’s Finally Spring: How to Tell if Your Air Conditioner Is Broken Before You Need It!

What better time to test an air conditioning system than in the spring? Not only is your AC unit typically not in use during this cool, rainy season, but there is a fair amount of time to make repairs if problems are discovered…before the first NJ heat wave. Wondering how to tell if your air conditioner is broken? Our cooling experts have put together some questions to consider so you can test it out in advance and look for the signs that point to repair.

Will Your AC Turn On?

An air conditioning unit that powers on and then suddenly turns off may have blown a fuse. In this instance, it is best to check the circuit breaker to ensure that all fuses are in working order. Also, keep in mind that the thermostat needs to be set to “low” or “cool” for the system to blow air. Some owners have gone to great lengths to repair air conditioners only to find that only the thermostat was in need of adjusting. Another way to determine the health of your conditioner is to turn on the fan. There is hope for your unit if the blades turn. You may have to look into other options if the fan does not give any action. A system that does not power on at all may need to be replaced.

How Are Your Comfort Levels?

Many consumers ignore air flow problems, but such variations in performance should receive your undivided attention. Dirty air filters and problems with condensation drains often cause weak performances. As a rule of thumb, it is best to replace filters every thirty to sixty days. Condensation drains should be checked periodically for clogs and malfunctions as well.

Have You Noticed a Spike in Your Utility Bills?

Clogged air conditioners tend to use more energy, which leads to higher utility bills. Check the condensing coil for lumps after replacing your air filters in these instances.

Do You Hear Noises During Startup?

Rattling, buzzing and ticking are not normal. An air conditioner that operates properly will have a smooth startup and be fairly quiet while in operation. Systems that are clogged will make noise and leak abnormal amounts of water. A good system flush will ensure that all lines are clear and silence the noise.

Is Your System Blowing Hot Air?

Want to know how to tell if your air conditioner is broken? Simply put your hand to the vent and see if it is blowing hot air. If so, then you may want to inspect tubes for clogs. Disconnected lines also have the tendency to blow heat since they are not attached to the main energy source. In most cases, determining whether or not your air conditioner is in good working order is only a matter of observation.

Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

By scheduling regular air conditioning maintenance, you can maintain your unit’s efficiency. Lawes Heating and Cooling Company provides all the essential repairs, tune-ups, and installations for your cooling needs. Whatever brand or model your central air unit may be, we can service it! We provide air conditioning technicians available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, so protect your family, and give us a call today at (732) 741- 6302! To view our service plans, click here.