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3 Serious Electrical Problems With Your AC

Air conditioners all have one thing in common–they run on electricity. Unlike heating systems or other appliances that might have different fuel sources or energy types, an air conditioner always relies on electrical energy to function properly. This is why their electrical problems are universal.

Don’t get us wrong, there are all sorts of AC makes, models, and sizes. You can’t really do a one-size-fits-all fix with an air conditioner because they’re all so different. But when it comes to electrical problems, these can usually be diagnosed in similar ways.

Let’s talk about some electrical problems that might be happening with your AC, and discuss a few solutions for them. The best and most simple solution is to call our team for air conditioning service in Mandeville, LA. We can handle it from there!

Tripped Circuits

You’ve likely seen the circuits trip in your home before. You’re watching TV or using the laundry machine when all of a sudden the system just shuts down or a few lights shut off with it. What gives?

Well, when a part of your home’s electrical system gets overpowered, it can cause the circuit to trip, meaning your electrical panel cuts off access before a fire starts or something goes wrong. This is ultimately good because it stops any serious problems from happening beyond just a tripped circuit.

However, if your AC is tripping the circuits in your home, then it might require a serious adjustment to your home’s power grid.

A Blown Capacitor

Capacitors are the parts that start and stop your air conditioner. When the system turns on, and you hear a brief little “click” that’s the sound of the capacitor signaling to the AC to start or shut down.

Capacitors are important because they’re the component in your air conditioner that is signaled to by your thermostat. Without a capacitor, your AC wouldn’t have the capability to turn on or shut down on its own.

However, over time your capacitor can get shot or blown out. This can result in multiple clicks while your AC is turning on, which are easy to detect from a homeowner’s perspective.

A Malfunctioning Thermostat

The thermostat is like the brain of your air conditioner. It makes all of the hard decisions for the system, like when to turn on and how long to leave the system running. Without a thermostat, an air conditioner would just be on all the time until it broke down.

Your thermostat must connect to your home’s electrical system to work. Even if it’s a portable one that can be removed from the wall, it still has a battery that must be charged. If you notice it malfunctioning, then this could be an electrical issue that requires professional support.

Remember, a malfunctioning thermostat is going to impact your AC system in a lot of ways, including a few you might not be aware of. It’s always a good idea to get this problem fixed ASAP.

It’s time to contact Natal’s Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical for an AC repair. Service Honoring the Golden Rule.

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