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Leaking Water, Uneven Cooling: Common Air Conditioning Problems

If you’ve been following our blog recently you may have seen our post on some of the most common air conditioning issues, as well as what your first courses of action should be.

Some of the most common air conditioning problems include:

  1. Your air conditioning unit is randomly shutting down and starting up.
  2. The air conditioner is not cooling the room properly.
  3. Your air conditioner is leaking water.

Generally, it’s best to call in a professional, but their job can be faster and easier if you’ve already got a basic understanding of what the possible problem is. If you attempt to fix the problems yourself, you may well risk making the issue worse.

Your Air Conditioner Is Shutting Down And Starting Up Randomly

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This is known in the air conditioning industry as ‘short cycling’. There are a number of possible causes, from faulty batteries to dirty components. Here are two major reasons why your air conditioning system might be shutting down (and what to do about it).

  1. Its batteries might be dying, so it’s wise to change them regularly
  2. It may have tripped the circuit breaker, so check the panel for any tripped breakers or blown fuses
  3. There is a problem with the condenser or evaporator, or a similarly deep-seated issue.

If the batteries are fine and the air conditioning unit isn’t regularly tripping the circuit breaker, we’d recommend calling an Askews heating and cooling engineer. Not only can the problems be delicate, but to untrained hands they might even be dangerous. If unsure, it’s always better to be on the safe side – you’ll likely save yourself a lot of money and bother in the long run.

The Air Conditioning Unit Is Unevenly Cooling The Room

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This is another problem that’s usually caused by a number of relatively straightforward issues – though that doesn’t make them easy to tackle! For example, it can sometimes be due to leaks in the building’s ductwork supplying different rooms. This is a particularly plausible explanation if some rooms are being cooled effortlessly, while others are still like furnaces. Blocked vents and registers, or even poor insulation, are all other potential culprits.

Though it helps to be able to identify the cause before your Askews engineer arrives, don’t worry too much if you can’t exactly put your finger on the problem – that’s what we’re here for. You can always check the windows in each affected room for any gaps, to make sure there’s no warm air getting in or cooled air leaking out. If you find one, resealing these may have a drastic effect by taking the pressure off your air conditioning system.

Water Is Leaking From Your Air Conditioner

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Leaking fluid from your unit is generally an indicator of a big problem, though it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s beyond repair. The pump or condenser could be blocked or broken, or the drain hole might be obstructed by dirt or debris. If this happens, the water can easily overflow and cause a leak.

Whatever the case, once again at Askews we’d first and foremost recommend calling in a professional heating and cooling engineer, who can identify the issue and fix it with the minimum amount of fuss and hassle.

At Askews, we pride ourselves on the experience and expertise of our heating and cooling engineers. Whatever the issue with your air conditioning unit, you can count on us to fix your problem. Click here to get a free quote, or give us a quick call on 01282 863 825. We’re here to help!

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