Air conditioners are needed to keep homes comfortable. Having your air conditioner break down during the hot New Jersey summer can be aggravating and leave you hot and sweating in your own home. Our HVAC experts at Princeton Fuel have put together a few possibilities why you might be finding yourself hotter than usual (and what you can do about it):
1. Windows and Doors Left Open
Your HVAC unit is on but your home is hot. Before checking if the AC is broken, be sure to check if all windows and doors are closed. Sounds simple, but it’s easy to forget about that spare room window you opened last night when you were half asleep, right? These open windows and doors can be letting warm, humid air in that counteracts the cool air coming from an air conditioner.
2. Machine Neglect
Another common cause of air conditioner failure is neglect. If you have an older machine it may be time for a maintenance check. The machine could have been improperly installed and problems may be now arising from this improper installation. Call us today to schedule your tune-up!
3. Poor Service
Poor service from a previous company could also manifest itself as a machine problem. Make sure your technician is an experienced, certified professional. A common problem for faulty machines is the amount of refrigerant (the cooling liquid in an air conditioner) in a machine does not match the specifications of that machine. This is just one problem that can arise from an improper installation. That is why it is important to hire a professional. Our staff at PFO all regularly undergo regular instruction and training on the latest processes and technologies that will keep your heating and cooling systems operating at maximum efficiency!
4. Refrigerant Leak
Your machine may be low on refrigerant due to a leak in the machine. If it is leaking, simply adding more will not solve the problem. It is advised to contact an air conditioner repairman. A technician will be able to fix the leak and make sure the correct amount of refrigerant is in the machine making sure it exactly matches the specifications of the machine.
5. Dirty Unit
A dirty machine will not work properly. Dusty or dirty coils can cause the air conditioner to prematurely break down. That is why routine maintenance is advised for any machine.
6. Faulty Wiring
Faulty wiring can be the cause of air conditioner problems. A miss-wired air conditioner is a fire hazard and can be dangerous. It can also trip your circuit breaker. Make sure your machine is installed by a professional to ensure proper wiring.
7. Frozen Coil
Your coil could also be frozen. A frozen foil may sound like a good way to stay cool, however this may actually cause your air conditioner unit to break down. If this happens a professional will need to be called, as this is an internal machine problem.
8. Electrical Problem
Your problems may be electrical. Air conditioners require a lot of energy. Oversized machines may wear out compressors or fan control. When this happens an HVAC expert must look inside the machine to assess the problem.
What To Do If Problems Persist
Air Conditioners are complicated machines; you can rely on our experienced professionals to fix and maintenance them properly. Call Princeton Fuel to service your air conditioner today. For routine inquiries, our customer service team is available Monday-Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Our service lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.