The Inland Empire experiences staggeringly hot summers, and a good air conditioning system becomes far more than a luxury when temperatures start to rise. Spring is the time to check your system for any problems and call in a service technician to get them dealt with. That way, your HVAC system will be ready to go the moment you need it to. Servicing sessions should be scheduled once every spring, in order to keep your system functioning at its best.
Among the things the technician looks for is any problems with the electrical wiring. Most HVAC systems rely on electricity to function, and if there’s a disruption in the electrical flow, it could shut the system down. The technician will check your system over and spot the signs that something it wrong. Among the electrical issues a good technician will look for is the following:
Wires will fray and wear out over time, creating intermittent connections to the components that require power. This can cause the HVAC system to work fitfully at best and perhaps not at all. Frayed wires are dangerous in your AC for the same reason they’re dangerous anywhere else. They can create sparks and cause a fire, as well as damaging key components in your system. The good news is that they can be very easy for a properly trained technician to identify and replace.
The capacitors are in place in your HVAC system to get motors and similar components up and running. Start capacitors get them up to speed and run capacitors keep them running once they are. Problems with the capacitor wiring can have a huge impact on your system’s ability to run. A maintenance session can determine if there is anything wrong with the capacitors in your system, and repair or replace it as necessary.
The Circuit Breaker
The circuit breaker is the easiest way to detect a problem with your air conditioner. Indeed, anytime your HVAC system won’t turn on, your first step should be to go to the circuit box and see if the breaker has been tripped. (Most of the time, you should never formally diagnose your HVAC for problems, and if the circuit box doesn’t hold the answers, you should call in a repair service.) Most air conditioners use enough power to merit a dedicated circuit breaker to itself. If it’s flipped, it could be because of an overload in the wiring of the AC itself, or it could be an external surge of power.
Resetting the switch should let you know where the problem lies. If it doesn’t repeat, then it was likely just an overload. If it happens again — and repeats every time you turn the air conditioner on — then the problem can be attributed to the wiring or some other electrical component in the system, and needs a trained technician to properly address.
For quality HVAC services in Riverside, CA, call on the pros at Axis Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. today!