Summer in El Monte is the perfect time of year for so many things — catching waves, spending a day at the theme parks, or even going whale watching.
You know what it’s not the perfect time for? Your air conditioning unit to stop working.
In fact, based on local temperature trends, it’s the absolute worst time of year for your A/C unit to stop working.
If you do fall into this bad luck, however, there are a few go-to strategies for fixing (or at least diagnosing the problem) the HVAC issue yourself.
If your A/C isn’t working at all or of it’s blowing hot air (if only your furnace worked that effectively!), the first step you should take is to identify the problem.
Common HVAC Repair Problems
When your A/C unit blows hot air, there are usually four potential problems that might be transpiring (not to be confused with “perspiring,” which you’re probably doing).
Typically, these malfunctions can explain why your A/C unit isn’t working:
- Clogged or Dirty Filters — Dirt is to your A/C unit as dirt is to, well, anything else. When particles of dirt and dust get trapped in your A/C unit, the blockage stops cool air from flowing out of your vents. Given that this is the main function of your A/C, you can see why dirt poses a problem. The solution involves cleaning your filters on a routine basis. If you’re not sure where to start or where your filter is even located, your best bet is to call a professional HVAC repair service.
- Condenser Problems — While not a part of your literal A/C unit, the condenser still serves a paramount function: it pulls cool air into your home. It’s the box that sits outside of your home, and it can also get filled with dirt and debris. When this happens, you need to clean it just like your A/C filter.
- Electrical Issues — If your condenser is the brawn of your A/C operation, then your thermostat is the brain. Is your thermostat telling you that it’s a temperate 72 degrees in your house when it really feels like a Swedish steam bath? There’s something wrong with your thermostat’s sensory system. This type of repair usually takes a qualified HVAC repair company.
- Not Enough Refrigerant — As the name suggests, “refrigerant” is what actually cools down the air. If you don’t have enough, it’s like running on empty.
HVAC Repair in El Monte
Identifying the problem can help you determine whether you can fix it on your own or whether you need the help of an A/C repair company. While you might be able to handle air filter replacement and cleaning without much experience, you might be in over your head when it comes to condenser and thermostat issues.
If this is the case, it behooves you to call your local HVAC company.