If summer's coming to a close and you doubt your AC will make it through another season, it's time to think about getting a new AC installed. If all of your HVAC equipment is the same age, you may also want a new furnace installed at the same time since they share an air handler. AC installation is a complex job, but fortunately, all you have to do is stay out of the way and let the contractor do all the work.
Your home's air conditioner generally needs to do three things to keep temperatures in your house relatively comfortable:
Remove heat from the air Remote moisture from the air Distribute cooler and drier throughout your home Dehumidifying your home will increase the apparent comfort level, but poor heat exchange at the evaporator or poor air distribution will cause the objective temperature to stay higher. When something restricts your system's airflow, your air conditioner will most likely struggle to reach or maintain your thermostat set point.
If you spend most of the winter fighting to keep your gas furnace up and running, ask an HVAC contractor to diagnose it for you. Furnaces can experience many issues over time, including fuel problems. If you don't diagnose your furnace properly, you won't have the tools you need to repair it. Learn more about diagnosing your furnace and how to do so below.
Why Should You Diagnose Your Furnace?
Has your AC ever reduced its efficiency or stopped working during a hot summer afternoon? Such an incident can leave you frustrated, and you may be tempted to try to fix the air conditioning unit to restore your comfort quickly. However, fixing your air conditioning is not as easy as seen in home improvement tutorials or DIY videos.
An air conditioning unit has various complex components that only trained and experienced experts should handle.
So, it's finally happened.
If your air conditioner will not even turn on, there are a few issues you should consider.
Your Circuit Breaker Has an Issue
When the circuit breaker in your home has an issue, such as when it has been tripped, your home might have too many electrical components on. This means your air conditioner is not going to turn on when it is meant to--even if you have your thermostat set.