High humidity levels make rainy days miserable. It’s 88 degrees outside, but it feels like 108 degrees. To cool off, you’re blasting the A/C in your home, and your HVAC system is working in overdrive.
When you get overheated from high humidity, there’s a good chance your air conditioner will get overheated, too. When your AC overheats, it can lead to total system failure if left without repair. Be aware of these signs of an overheated A/C:
- Circuit breaker trips. Your circuit breaker trips when more electricity moves through the breaker than it can handle. An overheated air conditioner requires more electricity than normal to power it, which trips the breaker. If your A/C trips the breaker, DO NOT keep turning it on.
- Hot condenser coils. Condenser coils overheat from inadequate ventilation or dirt build up or lack of refrigerant or a number of other issues. Either way, if your outdoor unit is hot to the touch, it’s causing your AC to overheat.
- Blowing hot air. If your AC is on, but no cool air is coming out, it’s overheated. Chances are, only the fan is working and that’s why you’re feeling air come out but it’s not cool.
So your air conditioner overheated, what do you do now?
- Change the air filter. Changing the air filter should always be the first thing you do to fix an AC malfunction. And once a month, even without an AC malfunction.
- Clean the condenser coils. If you’re a DIYer, remove the outer condenser coils and give them a thorough cleaning with your hose and proper condenser coil cleaner. (Never use a pressure washer to clean any part of your AC unit). Or, schedule a tune-up and we’ll clean your coils and complete a total system inspection.
- Add refrigerant. Usually, lack of AC refrigerant is a sign of leak, but sometimes your levels are just low. Turn off your system and add the recommended air conditioner refrigerant according to the manufacturer. Wait 30 minutes and turn your AC back on.
If you follow the steps above and your AC is still not blowing cold air or keeps tripping the breaker, you have a real problem on your hands. Schedule an AC repair immediately.
Air conditioners overheat as often as we do, so it’s important to keep your AC in the best shape possible. Do your system a favor and schedule an AC tune-up so a certified technician can inspect your system for any potential mishaps before they occur.