Air Conditioning Not Working Properly? Check Out What Could Be Going On

The air conditioning can greatly improve people’s quality of life. Used at home or businesses, it leaves the space pleasant by controlling its temperature at any season of the year. With proper air conditioning maintenance, the device can last a long time. However, you need to be careful with the signs that indicate air conditioning problems.

The sooner you identify them, the faster they can be resolved. From a change in the energy bill to a malfunction when setting the temperature, these are just some air conditioning problems that can occur. In this article you will understand the main factors that may suggest your air conditioner is not working as it should.

Signs That Indicate Air Conditioning Problems

  1. Increase in Electricity Consumption

The sudden increase in energy consumption can mean problems with the compressor. It is important to remember that, like any other appliance, the air conditioner also has a limited lifespan. If it’s a very old device, it may be that its gears consume more energy to try to compensate for the natural physical wear and tear that occurs over time.

If this is your case, the best solution is to exchange the device for a newer air conditioning model. By themselves, the new models are more economical than the older ones, in addition, models with inverter technology can generate up to 60% savings in electricity.

  1. Health Problems and Bad Smell in the Air

Most types of air conditioning on the market currently have the function of filtering the air. It can be very useful because the still and stuffy air in closed places facilitates the contagion of diseases, viruses, bacteria and fungi between people.

In very humid places, conditioners help to reduce the relative humidity, which should be around 35%. However, there are places where the winter is very dry, in which case it is recommended that you also use an air humidifier.

These precautions can help prevent illnesses. 

However, if people in the property still have health problems, it may be a hygiene issue. If the device starts to give off an unpleasant smell, for example, this could be the case.

The cleaning of the air conditioning filter needs to be done monthly or even every 15 days if there is a high flow of people circulating around the place. The accumulation of dirt, dust, pollution and microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria can cause unpleasant odors, in addition to allergies, as mentioned.

There are air conditioning models that even have purifiers that eliminate up to 99% of air impurities. The filter must be replaced between 6 and 12 months of use and, at least once a year, it is necessary to hire a qualified professional to clean and maintain the device.

  1. Air Conditioning Leaking Water

If your air conditioner is not working properly, it could also be leaking water.

This problem can be caused by dirt in the filter or the unit being uneven. Clean the filter and level the device correctly on the wall. If even after the cleaning the problem persists, it is interesting that you call a specialized air conditioning technician to identify the real reason.

  1. The Air Conditioner Does Not Turn On

When the air conditioning does not turn on, you must first check the thermostat to make sure it is not set to zero. If this is not the case, the problem may be with the circuit breaker. A power surge may have tripped the circuit breaker. This situation is more common in older properties, where the electrical network is older and weaker and there is a greater risk of the wiring shorting out.

Then just turn it on again and everything will work normally. If this happens again, it is recommended that you call an electrician, as the electrical wiring problem is something serious and needs attention to avoid major problems.

If everything is OK with the thermostat and circuit breaker, but your air conditioner still does not turn on or keeps turning on and off by itself, you should contact the manufacturer (if it is under warranty) or call a technician to identify the problem.

  1. Air Conditioning Does Not Cool

In this case, the problem may be in the internal components that are not working properly, the air filter is very dirty or the case of a gas leak. When this happens, the device works harder, wears out and still cannot fulfill its functions. Call a qualified technician to identify the problem and repair it. 

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Vancouver and Burnaby

Generally, these are the main problems that make the air conditioning units not working as it should. Therefore, it is necessary to be aware of changes and call an air conditioning professional when you observe any change in efficiency or consumption. If you have identified any of these factors on your device, please contact us at Nation Heating & Cooling, we have air conditioning professionals trained to do both troubleshooting and maintenance as well as device installation. Contact us at 604-299-5006 or