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The most common issues with air conditioning

Air conditioning systems are very complicated systems, so it’s no wonder that there are a lot of ways they can go wrong. While you can repair the easier ones yourself, many of them would need professional treatment.

AIR CONDITIONER IS BLOWING WARM AIR

If the air conditioner is pumping hot air, don’t worry. As the most common problem with air conditioning, there are a variety of potential reasons, which means that it is very feasible to repair it quickly.

CHECK THE THERMOSTAT

It might sound simple, but you’d be shocked how many times this is the source of it! It might be set to high, or someone in your office might have changed it without realising it. If your thermostat is programmable, make sure you adjust it so that it does not consume energy in an excessive manner. Know, for every degree you can stand to increase the temperature, it can save you about 3% of the air-conditioning costs – though it could take a touch of experimentation to determine the optimal office temperature.

YOU’VE GOT A DIRTY FILTER

Filters can easily get clogged with soil and dust, which ensures that they can significantly limit the movement of air into the device, having a significant impact on its performance and efficacy. This is one of the many reasons that air conditioning facilities require daily operation and servicing.

THE REFRIGERANT TO BE LEAKING

Your air conditioning refrigerant is a chemical that is used to cool the air being handled by the unit, but if there is a lack of refrigerant, you can assume that it can play very significant havoc with the total performance of the unit. You will verify this by looking at the larger of the two copper lines that flow through the condenser. If the refrigerant is at a sufficient amount, the line can sweat and feel cool to the touch. If not, it is likely to be a sign of a more severe structural issue.

This is not an exhaustive list of potential causes, but a list of the most likely ones. If the issue hasn’t been solved or you’re still unsure, we would probably suggest contacting a trained engineer.

THE AIR CONDITIONER IS NOT EVENLY COOLING THE ROOM

While this can often be the product of environmental conditions – for example, one of the room being in shade while the other is bathed in sunshine – at other times the difference may be drastic enough for you to note, particularly if you can’t sense some cold air from the air conditioner.

LEAKS OR BLOCKED VENTS

This particular concern can also be a symptom of bad installation, in that it can be caused by leakage in the ductwork that supplies various spaces. On the other side, it can also be caused by improperly insulated walls. If you can quickly locate the problem as a blocked duct, the best option might be to contact a heating and cooling engineer.

OUR AIR CONDITIONING UNIT IS FOR THE STRANGE SOUNDS

Another common concern, and sadly always a significant indication of a serious problem in your unit. Again, there are a variety of potential reasons, but mostly our engineers find that this has to do with a motor bearing problem or a defective internal belt (especially if it’s a squealing, screeching sound). This is certainly a problem that we would highly warn against trying to cure yourself, so you might open yourself up to a very real chance of injury. Instead, make sure the device is off and immediately contact the Askews programmer, who will be able to locate the problem even sooner and more reliably.

We hope this blog has been helpful in helping you consider the causes of some of the more common issues with your air conditioning unit. If you’re always searching for clarification as to why your unit doesn’t work well, we’re going to bring you another blog in the very near future, with much more popular problems that can go wrong.

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