2018.08.27 14:33 | Sean Carter
There’s nothing worse than having your AC unit go out when it’s in use, especially if it’s particularly hot out. It doesn’t matter if you need to keep places cool for personal comfort or professional reasons, not having a working air conditioner can be stressful and a huge disruption to your plans. It would be one thing if it seemed like there was something wrong with the unit itself, but your problem is a bit trickier to handle.
The reason why your AC unit isn’t on is because it keeps tripping the power circuit. You’ve checked the wattage requirements in your home and on the unit itself, and it’s supposed to be energy efficient and use less power than other units. By all accounts the AC should be working flawlessly, but it seems like every other time you turn it on you end up in the basement resetting another circuit. Before you call out an HVAC repairman or start shopping for another unit, make sure these problems aren’t behind your AC’s troublesome power usage.
Your filter is dirty
You know that you need to clean your filter to ensure that the air quality in your home is at a healthy level, but that isn’t the only reason why clean filters are important. If your filter is clogged with dirt and grime, cool air can’t properly circulate through it. The unit has to work harder to cool your house, therefore using more power. While we’re on the topic of dirty filters, it’s equally important to mention a different but related problem…
Your unit is dirty
Has it been awhile since you’ve cleaned out your air filter? If it has been, chances are dirt and dust have found their way into other parts of your unit. If other areas of your AC unit are covered in dirt and dust, it’s going to overwork itself to keep things clean. Other important parts of the AC unit could be clogged with debris, and it could be difficult for them to properly cool.
The motor is having problems
Your AC unit doesn’t work because it’s plugged into the wall, and there’s a powerful motor inside of it keeping everything running. If you’ve been using it a lot recently, or if it’s been extremely hot outside, the motor could be overworking itself. A faulty or overworked AC motor can lead to a variety of problems with other equipment. When the motor isn’t working, the steam condensate system has to work harder and the compressor can start to have issues.