Why Is My Ac Not Working?

There’s nothing worse than a hot summer day when your AC isn’t working. The good news is that it’s an issue that can be fixed! Whether your AC unit just needs a simple adjustment or it’s something more complex, we are here to help. Before you give us a call, there are a few things you can do yourself to try and fix the problem. If you still have no luck, leave it to us and we’ll have you back in business in no time!

Things you can try yourself:

Maybe your AC won’t turn on, it isn’t blowing cold air, or it just doesn’t seem to be working properly. It may a simple fix! There are a few things you can try before you reach for the phone.

Make sure the AC unit is plugged in.

If your air conditioner isn’t working at all, it may just be because it’s not receiving power. Check the main electrical panel to be sure that your AC unit actually has a working power supply. Sometimes a circuit breaker has tripped and you simply need to reset it. If you find that your breaker is tripping regularly, please contact a qualified electrician as this is most likely not an issue with your AC system, but may in fact be an electrical issue which should be addressed right away.

Check the thermostat.

It sounds simple, but sometimes the reason your AC doesn’t work has something to do with the thermostat. You may just have to change the batteries! Make sure that your thermostat is on and set to cool. Set the temperature a few degrees lower than the current room temperature and see if the AC kicks on. Sounds obvious doesn’t it but we have lots of customers call the office and tell us that they can’t work their AC only to find that they have set the temperature higher than the room temperature or they’ve actually set the remote to heat and not cool. It’s OK – it’s hard to work that TV remote too!

Take a look at the outdoor condenser.

If your AC is running but it’s not blowing out enough cool air, it’s time to go outside and take a look at your condenser. Sometimes the condenser gets dirty and/or blocked by pollen, weeds, grass, etc. In this case, clear out anything that may be in the way. We recommend a minimum of 3 feet of clearance for optimum air flow. Let your AC run for a few hours and see if the air flow improves. If not, you may want to consider giving the Morris Heating & Air Conditioning service team a call at (978) 961-0338 or click here to contact us https://morrisheatingandair.com/contact/

Clean or replace the air filters.

Clean air filter vs. dirty air filter

It’s important to regularly clean or replace the air filters in your AC unit because a dirty or clogged filter blocks the flow of cool air into your home. If you have a Mitsubishi ductless unit, simply take out the dirty filter and give it a rinse, wait until it is completely dry and them replace. For complete instructions on cleaning Mitsubishi ductless system filters, check out our video page for a simple video where Chris demonstrates the process https://morrisheatingandair.com/about/videos/

If you have a traditional AC system, please contact us at (978) 961-0338 and we can tell you what size air filter is the correct size for your system. Once the filter is replaced, you should see an improvement in your system’s efficiency right away. And remember, at Morris Heating & Air Conditioning we will replace your filter (and much more!) at every annual AC maintenance appointment. Simple annual maintenance of your AC system can reduce equipment breakdowns by as much as 95%. If you have not scheduled your yearly AC maintenance appointment, please call us today at (978) 961-0338 and we will do our very best to accommodate you. This is important.

Still not working?

If you’ve tried everything and you’re still having a problem with your AC, it’s probably due to an issue that’s a bit more complicated. Here’s why your AC still might not be working….

If you have no AC at all… it may be because your system’s motor has burned out due to a blocked filter. Keep in mind that motors are tested at every annual service.

If your AC system is blowing warm air or shuts down completely… it may be due to a clogged filter. This can cause the air conditioning coils to ice over which affects the compressor, thus resulting in restricted airflow to the unit.

If your AC system is blowing air that isn’t cool enough or not cool at all… it may be because of dirty coils on the outdoor and indoor units.

If you have water leaking through the ceiling… it’s probably because the drains are clogged so the water is leaking from the unit.

If your AC compressor has failed… it may be due to bad initial system start up, run capacitors, or inexperienced or poorly trained contractors feeding power. It’s very important to get this fixed as the compressor is the heart of the condensing unit!

What to do next.

If you have an AC problem that is too complicated for you to handle yourself, the best thing to do is to give us a call. We can send one of our experienced Morris Heating & Air Conditioning service technicians out to you to take care of the problem. We have people on the Morris team with over 40 years of experience in this industry and we haven’t been stumped with an HVAC question yet! Keep in mind that regular maintenance can keep your AC running efficiently, so you can prevent issues like this in the future.

Please give us a call at (978) 961-0338 to schedule an appointment. If you’d like us to contact you, click here. https://morrisheatingandair.com/contact/. For more information, visit us online at https://morrisheatingandair.com, and check out our Air Conditioning Service and Repair page at https://morrisheatingandair.com/air-conditioning/air-conditioning-service-and-repair/.