Why Did My Home’s A/C Stop Working?

Have you found yourself with an air conditioning system that’s not working properly? Whether you had issues with it last year and put off repairs during the winter, or noticed a problem when you turned on your home’s A/C to ensure it’s working as warmer weather approaches, it’s best to find a fix right away.

Getting stuck in a hot house with no A/C this summer isn’t just uncomfortable – it can also be a health risk. Take a look at some of the common reasons your A/C might have stopped working and what to do to get the cool air flowing again.

Symptoms of a Broken A/C System

If you turn on your air conditioning from the thermostat and your home still feels hot after a few hours of the system running, it’s easy to assume that your air conditioning system isn’t working properly. However, there are additional symptoms that can alert you to an issue with your home’s A/C system, including:

  • Warm air blowing out of your vents when the system is set to cool
  • No air coming out of your vents when the system is set to cool
  • Strange noises coming from your unit(s)
  • Water leaking from the indoor unit

Common Causes of A/C Issues

Like most other appliances and systems throughout your home, your A/C system isn’t perfect, and it will sometimes require proper maintenance in order to keep it running smoothly and prevent breakdowns and malfunctions. Not having regular maintenance performed on your HVAC system can lead to A/C problems going unnoticed and therefore requiring repair.

If your air conditioning has stopped working, any of the following could be the cause:

  • The A/C unit is low on or out of refrigerant.
  • The unit’s evaporator coil has frozen.
  • The HVAC system’s air filter is dirty.
  • The thermostat is malfunctioning.
  • The compressor has failed (due to manufacturer error or old age).
  • The drain pan is full or the drain line has a clog.
  • The outdoor fan is clogged with debris.

Home Air Conditioning Solutions

Sometimes a simple air filter change for your HVAC system is all it takes to get your air conditioning working again, but other times – especially with older air conditioning systems – a significant repair may be necessary. Having a licensed home A/C technician inspect your system will allow you to:

  • Find the cause of the issue.
  • Go over possible solutions or repairs.
  • Determine whether your current system is worth the investment of a significant and possibly temporary fix.
  • Get options for air conditioning replacement, if necessary.

Our Baltimore County HVAC Experts Have the Fix

Whether your air conditioning system isn’t turning on at all, your energy bill has spiked, or you have other reason to believe that your HVAC system isn’t working as it should, S&L Prime has your solution. We provide residential A/C maintenance and repair services, as well as new system installation and replacement for homeowners in Baltimore County and throughout Maryland. Don’t head into summer with a broken air conditioning system – give us a call today.

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