When You Find Your AC Not Blowing Air, Follow These Tips

When You Find Your AC Not Blowing Air, Follow These Tips

Your AC not blowing air doesn’t mean you’re just stuck with Peachtree City’s summer heat. A number of common problems can prevent your AC from working the way it should, and some of them are things you can easily take care of yourself.

Check the Thermostat

If your AC doesn’t kick on when you expect, make sure it’s set to “Cool” and that the thermostat’s timer settings weren’t changed by a power outage or another error. If your AC unit turns on and hums normally but the fan won’t kick on, try lowering the temperature by five degrees and waiting a few minutes. A fan that still won’t kick on even when the thermostat setting is low enough could have an electrical problem. A worn-out capacitor is a common issue.

Test for a Duct Problem

If the fan kicks on but you still have your AC not blowing air, hold your hand over each of your air registers to feel if it’s only one that’s not blowing air or if they’ve all stopped. If it’s only one or a few in the same area, the problem is most likely a blocked or damaged duct.  

Check Your Electrical Supply

After a storm or a power surge if your AC does not seem to be working you can check the power supply to outdoor AC to make sure that it is not tripped.  This can require you to look at the breaker panel first and then possible to check your outdoor disconnect at the unit.  Simply resetting a tripped breaker or disconnect can bring your unit back to life.  If not you should call a local professional contractor to come and diagnosis the problem.  

Inspect the Components

If the airflow from all your registers feels limited, check your air filter. A clogged air filter can block airflow. While you’re near the indoor unit, take a look at the evaporator coil. A frozen coil is another contributing factor to an AC not blowing air. Turn the AC off and let the evaporator de-ice before you try to run it again. By restricting airflow, a clogged filter can cause the evaporator to freeze, so replacing the filter could solve two problems at once. If the evaporator continues to freeze even when airflow is normal and you still see the AC not blowing hot air, contact a professional. You could have a more serious problem, such as a refrigerant leak. A dirty condenser can also restrict airflow, so keep yours clean.

For help with an AC not blowing air, contact us at Powers Heating & Air from anywhere in the Peachtree City area.

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