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Air Conditioner Not Cooling? Here’s What You Should Troubleshoot


We are in the middle of summer, Northwest Arkansas, and now is not the time for your air conditioner to quit on you. However, your air conditioner is putting in long, hard days, and it is not uncommon for the unit to not work and to keep you comfortable during these hot days.


So how do you know if you have a serious problem with your air conditioner? This article will walk you through the steps to troubleshoot issues with your air conditioner. Before you call Air Control to check if you have a problem with your air conditioner that needs service, try the steps below.


Troubleshooting your air conditioner first means you may not need a technician to come to your home, saving you money and time. Then, if you still need help, you will be more informed about the issue. In the long run, following the steps below will give you a better understanding of the issue and help you decide with the technician what repairs are necessary to fix your AC.


Symptoms of a Troubled Air Conditioner


More than likely, you will know if your air conditioner is not working as well as it should. Whether it is not working or it is spitting out a meager amount of cool air, not feeling cool and comfortable can be miserable in the summer. Some common symptoms your air conditioner is not working as well as it should include:


  • The air is not blowing, or the AC is not turning on.

  • The AC is running for a long time or will not stop running (long-run cycles).

  • The air conditioner is running, but only for a short time. The AC may shut down for some time and then restart (short-run cycles).

  • The temperature inside the home is warm.

  • Air temperatures are not consistent. Sometimes your air will blow, but it is not cool air, and other times, cool air will blow.

  • Airflow is lower than usual.

  • The temperature reading on the thermostat is higher than it feels inside the home.

  • Higher than average energy bill

If you are experiencing any of the above, try to diagnosis the problem yourself before calling an air conditioner service.


Steps to Troubleshoot Air Conditioner Problems


Below are a few DIY steps you can do to troubleshoot problems wi