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Air Conditioner Problems

The air conditioner may not be used all through the year but can become a necessity in times of excess heat or unexpected weather spells. They have become a common home appliance rather than a luxury in the current unpredictable environment. Its main purpose is to cool the air within the room it has been installed in and dispel the hot air. The problems can be fixed by you at times or may need professional involvement at other times.

Listed below are a few questions answered by the Experts on issues related to air conditioner problems

I have a room air conditioner which makes a squealing noise when it comes on and sometimes it does not come on at all. Can I fix this myself?

The issue here could lie with either the fan or the compressor. If the sound is coming from the fan the reason could be the bushings on the fan are worn out. Replacing the fan can help resolve the problem. This is a simple procedure, if you have the basic mechanical skills and knowledge of hand tools. First you would need to remove the unit from the window or wall and place it on a stable and sturdy surface. On removing the top cover, the fan will be visible and accessible for replacement. If the compressor is the culprit you will need a licensed professional who handles refrigerants to repair the compressor.

Does a Danby portable air conditioner need to be vented or installed outside? I have casement windows.

This type of air conditioner needs to be vented outside as this allows the hot air to escape leaving the interior to cool. Usually venting kits are available. Due to the type of windows currently present in your house, you may need to install the vent through the wall by drilling a hole through it. In most cases a three inch bathroom vent would be adequate for this purpose.

I found a spring loaded black washer or plug on my Whirlpool window air conditioner. I pushed it and water leaked out. Should I remove it and allow it to drain freely?

Water which is eliminated from the cooling coils inside the air conditioner is directed to flow outside and is then dispersed by the fan blade on to the hot condenser coils which make it evaporate. Water will not be dripping depending upon the weather and humidity conditions outside. Hence by removing the plug and allowing the water to drain out, you are causing the air conditioner to work overtime as well as consume more electricity. This does not imply it will malfunction but will continue to work but under a high stress condition.

My Haier portable air conditioner is two years old and has started to leak water. What is the reason?

Sometimes the evaporator coils may not defrost efficiently leading to a frost build up from cooling. When the unit starts to defrost, the excess water from the evaporator overflows from the drain pan and leaks out. In order to check this, you will need to disassemble the machine and examine the evaporator and drain pan for any cracks or damage. To disassemble you need to unscrew the back of the machine and pull the back and side panel out. If the drain pan is damaged it will need to be replaced. On the other hand if there is no damage but overfilling of water continues, it could be a coolant problem or a sealed system issue which requires a recharge. Since your unit is under five years, you could be covered under warranty to repair and recharge the sealing system. If you are not covered under warranty, the repairs could amount to $500 or more. Hence you may want to consider buying a new air conditioner. If the problem is not the coolant system or damage to the drain pan, you can empty out the pan and check for any clogged ducts which may be another reason for the machine to produce excess water.

My Haier air conditioner is frozen and continues to run even if I shut it off. Why is this happening?

There could be several reasons for the air conditioner to be freezing. First, there may be a surplus amount of refrigerant within the system. Another reason could be that the air conditioner is an incorrect size for the room it is installed in. Verify if the air conditioner has been rated for the room size it has currently been installed in. If the air conditioner is the correct size for the room, it may need servicing and since it is still under warranty, you can call Haier and have it scheduled at the earliest.

As detailed above, air conditioners face different types of issues such as unexpected noises, water leakage or simply do not operate. There are some issues which you can diagnose and fix yourself and others which need professional help or Expert air conditioner troubleshooting. Before that, there is an option to understand what the issue may be with your unit by consulting Experts who can help you with useful information.

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