AC Troubleshooting


There comes a time when your place of residence is unable to accommodate the traditional air conditioner. May be you reside in an apartment building or you need some cooling for the computer server room in your building. One of the best choices to go for out there is the portable air conditioner. These devices are useful in a broad range of settings and situations. There is no need to deal with the expensive central cooling systems or those fans that are always ineffective. Portable air conditioning units are for sure portable. You can remove them from one location to another. You also need very little to even low maintenance and installations. Who does not need such high level of convenience in his or her home? However, these units can have operational issues from time to time like any other electronic devices. There is no need to run to a professional for AC troubleshooting before you try one or two things on your own. You can save some money and time by handling some of the AC troubleshooting issues on your own.  This article will give you some tips on the basic AC troubleshooting solutions that you can do on your own. The only caution is to be careful and follow the instructions keenly as you make the installation.


  • The Portable Air Conditioner Does Not Start

The first thing is to make sure that the power code is undamaged and is plugged in correctly. You also need to check the circuit breakers and wall plug. You can also try resetting the circuit breaker at the box or change the power outlet or socket. If neither of these solutions seem to be working, it is better to call in a qualified electrician so that he can replace the fuse. Don’t try handling this problem if you discover that it is beyond your reach.


  • The Potable Air Conditioner Stops to Operate on Its Own

The first thing you need to do is ensuring that the timer is not on. The other step that you need to take is ensuring that your room temperature is not below than the set temperature. Be patient until the room temperature goes up and then you can operate the unit. This is one of the simplest AC troubleshooting tips for your device.


  • The Portable Air Conditioner Does not Cool

You could begin by removing the grill and cleaning the filter. You can also check the evaporation and condensing coils for any fogs. If none of these seems to be the problem, there is a possibility that the fan motor is blown or the AC’s compressor has malfunctioned and hence it is good to seek for professional assistance. Some AC troubleshooting processes are complex and you would rather leave them to the experts.


  • The Portable Air Conditioner Does Not Cool in the Dehumidification Mode

If this is the case, you can begin by checking for excess frost on the coils or evaporator. In case it is evident, you can allow defrosting to occur. If you want to prevent the buildup of ice, you may opt to clean the dirty air filters. In addition, when you are dealing with weather conditions that are lower than sixty degrees, turn the selector switch to the position of the fan so as to defrost the coil and allow it to run until the ice can melt. Your unit should begin to function well after this.


  • The Portable Air Conditioner Does Not provide Sufficient Cooling

This is the last AC troubleshooting tip on our list. You have to remember that the portable air conditioner should only be utilized for supplementary cooling and for smaller areas such as living rooms or bedrooms. You should also make sure that the size of the portable air conditioner that you have is the right one. These portable air conditioners are normally sized by the BTU rating. In case the BTUs for your unit are too high, the unit will tend to cycle off so quickly. If the BTUs are so low, the unit will not cool your area adequately. Extremely high or low ambient temperatures or excessive temperatures may also affect its cooling capacity. 


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