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Do You Have Electrical Issues with Your Air Conditioning Unit? 3 Ways To Find Out

Air conditioners can bring greater comfort and improve the energy efficiency in your home. With proper maintenance, your air conditioning unit can last for years. However, like most appliances, your air conditioner may pick up a problem or two down the line. And it's important to know when your air conditioning unit fails to plan for repairs early enough. Fortunately, air conditioners will always exhibit tell-tale signs to help you know something is wrong. For instance, electrical problems are some of the standard issues you may face with your air conditioning unit. Here is how you can troubleshoot these problems.

Tripping Circuit Breakers

Generally, air conditioners tend to use a lot of electricity. For this reason, most air conditioning units are installed with their own circuit breakers. Therefore, an electrical issue in your air conditioning unit may result in the unit's circuit breaker tripping continuously. In most cases, faulty wiring in your air conditioning system will be the culprit behind this. However, several other issues may also make your AC unit work harder, drawing excessive amounts of energy and resulting in a tripping circuit breaker. For instance, dirty coils, blocked vents and improper airflow can overwork your air conditioning unit. Therefore, look for such issues and fix them.

In some cases, the breaker itself could be the problem. Therefore, it's always best to have the unit inspected by a technician when you suspect an electrical problem.

Wiring Issues

Faulty wiring is one of the common electrical problems in air conditioning units. And it's not always hard to detect wiring issues. That's because many wiring issues are visible. For instance, loose connections, frayed wires, and exposed wires are some of the common wiring issues to look out for. Some wiring issues like exposed or frayed wires can be dangerous because they pose fire and electrocution risks, so it would help to contact a professional as soon as possible.

Unusual Operation

Have you noticed a change in the regular operation of your air conditioning unit? Chances are you have an electrical problem. For instance, does the system struggle or stutter when upon starting? A faulty capacitor could be the culprit here. You may also notice your outdoor fan operating intermittently if the capacitor fails. The fan may start normally but stop after reaching peak speeds. Therefore, have your system checked by a professional as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.

Contact a company like Fleming & Sons Electrical to learn more.