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AC FAQ: Detecting an Electrical AC Issue

Air conditioners are not like gas-using appliances or fireplaces that burn wood. Every single air conditioning system uses electricity to get the job done, from portable window units to whole-home central AC systems. If your electrical system is struggling to run your air conditioner properly, or there’s some kind of electrical problem occurring in your home, then you’re going to need to get it fixed. There’s no other type of AC to turn to, they all require a stable electrical current to keep your home comfortable.

That being said, when it comes to AC repair in Winter Park, FL, electrical issues are some of the most affordable problems to fix. They can often be pinpointed as a single frayed wire, a broken capacitor, or something else.

Today, we’re going to talk about some of the ways you can find out that your AC is struggling with an electrical problem. Then we’ll walk you through some next steps.

“What Does an Electrical Issue Look Like?”

You’re probably not going to be satisfied with this answer. Electrical problems rarely look like anything, since they can be almost invisible to the naked eye. However, there are a few times where you’ll be able to notice an electrical issue via sight.

If you’re trying to use your thermostat or the controls of your AC, and you’re abruptly interrupted by a system that’s shutting off, turning on, or something else you didn’t ask it to do, there could absolutely be something wrong internally. If this is a reoccurring problem, then the chances are even higher that you’ve got an issue requiring professional support.

“What Does an Electrical AC Problem Sound Like?”

Here’s where you might be better off. Electrical problems usually pronounce themselves with noises rather than events you can see. For instance, if you detect a buzzing noise coming from your air conditioner, then there’s a good chance you’re dealing with an electrical problem that’s obvious.

If your air conditioner keeps shutting down or starting up, or if it’s constantly clicking in succession, then you’re also dealing with some kind of electrical problem. The turning on and shutting down of your AC is due to a component called a “capacitor” which signals the system to begin the cooling cycle. Without a proper electrical current, or when the component malfunctions, your AC will start to struggle and it won’t function properly.

“How Else Can I Detect These Problems?”

Look, we’re going to be honest with you. Electrical problems can show themselves in a myriad of different ways. The above-mentioned detection methods are just two of many. No matter what kind of problem you’re dealing with, you’re always going to need professional help to have it fixed. Below are some more ways you can tell if you’re suffering from an electrical issue:

  • High energy bills.
  • A short-cycling system.
  • An air conditioner that never stops running.
  • Constantly tripping circuits.

If any of what we just mentioned sounds familiar, then you should call us right away. We’ll be able to diagnose and target your AC problem with a speed that is bound to leave you happy and comfortable after only a few hours.

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