An air conditioner is a staple in most Queensland homes thanks to our notoriously hot summers, which makes it all the more frustrating when your air conditioner stops working as it should. There are many components in an air conditioning system which can make it difficult to identify what the problem could be and how to fix it. That’s why we have put together a list of common air conditioning problems and how to fix them.

If your air conditioner breaks down call Advanced Climate Solutions on 07 3206 3542. We offer 24/7 emergency breakdown service because we know how important an air conditioner can be during the sweltering Queensland summer months.

Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On

One of the most common problems we come across is an air conditioner that won’t turn on at all. There are many possible causes of an air conditioner not turning on when it should.

Firstly, the circuit breaker may have tripped or you may have blown a fuse. This is a very simple problem to fix. Simply reset your circuit breaker by turning it off and on again. If there is a broken fuse you will need to replace it, and your air conditioner should go back to working as normal.

Once you have established that neither a tripped circuit nor a broken fuse is causing your problem, make sure that the thermostat is in cooling mode and is set to a temperature that is lower than the current temperature of the room. This is because if the thermostat is set to the same temperature as the room it’s supposed to be cooling, it will not turn on as the room is already at the desired temperature.

If you have correctly set the thermostat and the air conditioner is still unresponsive, check the batteries in the thermostat and replace them if necessary.

Finally, check for any broken or loose wiring running to the air conditioning unit that could be affecting the power supply.

Warning: turn off all power to the unit before inspecting broken or damaged wiring.

If you’ve completed each of the suggested checks above and your air conditioner still isn’t turning on, it’s time to call in a professional. Advanced Climate Solutions offers high quality air conditioning services Brisbane wide at great prices. Call 07 3206 3542 today.

Air Conditioner Works But No Cold Air

Another common air conditioning problem is an air conditioner that turns on but only blows out warm air. There a few factors that can cause your air conditioner to do this.

One possible cause of an air conditioner that works but doesn’t produce cold air is a dirty air filter. If your air conditioner is having this problem and you haven’t changed the filter in it for a few months, this is the first thing you should do. Depending on the air filter in your air conditioner you’ll either need to replace your disposable filter or clean your reusable filter with a vacuum and soapy water. If you have a reusable filter, ensure that it is completely dry before reinserting it into the system.

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If your filter is spotless, your problem may be caused by leaves, sticks, rocks or other debris near the outdoor unit. This is an issue as nearby debris can get inside the outdoor unit and damage the components of the condenser. If this is the case, remove all debris, rocks, and vegetation surrounding the outdoor unit and clean the condenser.

Warning: ensure the power to the unit is turned off before cleaning the condenser and removing debris from inside the unit. If you don’t know what you’re doing, hire a professional as it can be extremely dangerous without the correct training.

Another possible cause of an air conditioner that will turn on but does not produce cold air is a broken thermostat. To test if your thermostat is broken, try setting it to the lowest temperature possible. If there is still no significant change in the temperature of the air coming from the air conditioner you may need to replace the thermostat.

If none of the solutions mentioned above fix your air conditioner, it is likely that the refrigerant is low. Generally refrigerant should never need to be recharged unless there is a leak or it was undercharged on installation. If there is a leak, simply topping up the refrigerant is only a temporary fix. No matter the situation, it’s important to call a professional as soon as you notice that your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant

Air Conditioner Turns Off & On Repeatedly

If you find that your air conditioner is continually turning off and back on again there are three main things that can cause this.

The first and most likely cause of this problem is a dirty air filter. A dirty or clogged air filter restricts the air flow through the unit which can cause the system to be overworked, and turn off and on repeatedly as a result. As mentioned earlier, a dirty air filter is a relatively easy problem to fix. Simply clean the filter if it is reusable or replace it if it is disposable.

Another possible cause of an air conditioner that is constantly turning off and on is a dirty or blocked condenser unit. Similarly to what was discussed above, if the outdoor unit of your air conditioner is surrounded by sticks, leaves, and vegetation, debris can get into the condenser and clog up the system. Remove any surrounding debris as well as any debris that is inside the condenser.

Warning: ensure the power to the unit is turned off before cleaning the condenser and removing debris from inside the unit. If you don’t know what you’re doing, hire a professional as it is extremely dangerous without the correct training.

If the condenser and the filters are clean and clear, contact a professional HVAC technician to test the unit and identify the underlying cause of the problem.

 

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If your air conditioner is no longer working as it should, call your local air conditioning experts at Advanced Climate Solutions. We offer quick response emergency breakdown service on air conditioning Brisbane wide. Call us today on 07 3206 3542 for quality air conditioning repairs at competitive prices!

 

For more information on common air conditioning problems and how to fix them, click the links below.

Common Air Conditioning Problems (And How To Fix Them) – Part 2

Common Air Conditioning Problems (And How To Fix Them) – Part 3