You may be feeling the cold air of winter right now, but the warmer weather will be here before you know it. Once it arrives, you'll want to get your air conditioner going as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, summer might not find your air conditioner in the best shape, which means you'll need to call for repairs. This is especially true if your air conditioner has decided not to blow any air at all. If your air conditioner stops blowing air altogether this summer, you'll need to call for repairs right away. While you're waiting for repairs, you can do a little troubleshooting on your own. Here are three issues that could be preventing your air conditioner from blowing air.
The Condenser Is Blocked
When an air conditioner stops blowing air, most people assume that they're facing the repair for a major malfunction. Luckily, that's not always the case. Failure to blow air can be a simple problem that's affecting the condenser. While you're waiting for the repair technician to arrive, take a quick look at your condenser. If the unit is blocked with debris from the winter, try clearing the area. If the coils are coated with dirt, give them a quick cleaning with your garden hose. Once you've done that, try using your air conditioner again. If your AC is still not blowing air, proceed with the repairs.
The Air Can't Get Through
If your air conditioner appears to be running properly, but you still can't hear air blowing through the ducts, check out each of the vents. If you're not getting any air through the vents, the problem rests with your air conditioner. However, if you're getting air through some of the vents, or there seems to be a slight trickle of air, the problem might be located inside the vents. While your repair technician is at the house, have them inspect the vents. They may need to be cleaned for maximum airflow.
The Fan Isn't Functioning
If your air conditioner is running, but you don't have any air coming through the vents, take a look at the fan. If your fan isn't functioning properly, it might not be able to pull enough air through to the system, which will reduce the output of air into your home. If the fan blades are dirty, wash them off with the hose, and then try running your air conditioner again. In some cases, dirty blades will stop the flow of air through to your home.
If you need air conditioning repair, reach out to an HVAC contractor.