American Standard air conditioners are high-quality products that typically provide excellent performance for extended periods of time. However, even the most well-made A/C system can develop problems. American Standard products contain unique technologies that help them do their job with maximum efficiency. Still, these technologies don’t change the procedures that will help you determine whether a repair or unit replacement is required. Let’s take a look at some of the steps you can take to investigate specific air conditioning problems before placing a call to a qualified A/C professional.
The Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On
It’s easy to panic when your expensive A/C system fails to start up as expected. However, before you pick up the phone for repair help, take the time to examine the situation more closely. In a significant number of cases, the underlying issue with a completely nonfunctional air conditioner is nothing more than a tripped breaker or a blown fuse.
In addition to checking for problems in your household fuse box, make sure to check the settings at your thermostat. You may simply have forgotten to set a temperature level that will cause your A/C to kick in at the expected time. Also, in some situations, a power surge or a tripped breaker may cause your American Standard air conditioner to turn itself off. You can troubleshoot this issue by checking the relevant switches on the indoor and outdoor units.
The Air Conditioner Won’t Cool Properly
In some circumstances, your American Standard air conditioner may turn on, but fail to provide adequate cooling for your home. Two easily solvable air conditioning problems may be responsible for this issue. First, check your thermostat settings and make sure that you have them set low enough to turn the system on at the appropriate time. Also, look for any open windows you might not have noticed previously. If undetected, even one such window can seriously decrease your system’s cooling power.
The underlying cause of air conditioning problems like improper cooling may also be a malfunction in an A/C component called a compressor, which normally moves refrigerant through the system. Three symptoms tend to point specifically to a compressor problem:
- Repeated tripping of a fuse box circuit breaker
- Strange or unusually loud noises coming from the housing of the system’s outdoor unit, and
- An outdoor unit that shudders or shakes severely during active cooling cycles
Lack of Adequate Airflow
A malfunctioning A/C system may fail to circulate enough cool air throughout your home. One of the key causes of this problem is a dirty filter somewhere in the system. To troubleshoot this issue, check all relevant locations and replace any filter with obvious signs of dirt/dust accumulation.
Lack of adequate air conditioner airflow may also be the result of a dirty condenser coil. Problems in this area often arise when something obstructs the passage of air into your outdoor A/C unit (common candidates include leaves, debris and nearby hedges.) In turn, the obstructed flow of outdoor air can literally cause the system to freeze up. Look for telltale signs of water on the ground beneath the unit. If you notice any water spots, clear away all obstructions and turn the system off for a few hours. This should give the unit time to thaw out.
There is another potential cause of airflow problems in your American Standard system: a damaged or completely non-functioning air handler/blower. This issue is sometimes caused by a dirty air filter. Other possible sources of air handler/blower malfunctions include obstructions inside the blower assembly and an incorrect blower fan speed. With guidance from your owner’s manual, you can check for each of these issues before calling for professional help.
Indoor Air Conditioner Leaks
All air conditioners generate significant amounts of condensation during normal operation. Depending on where you live, the water produced by this process can total as much as several gallons a day. This large amount of water must have somewhere to go. Usually, it’s drained from your air handler through an attached tube or a section of PVC pipe. From there, it’s forced outside by gravity or a component called a condensate pump.
If you notice water pools or active leaks below the indoor unit of your air conditioning system, you have several potential troubleshooting options. First, look for cracks or leaks in the tube or pipe responsible for channeling condensation out of the unit. Next, look for any signs of obstruction within the tube/pipe. If ice is blocking the line, you can follow up by checking for dirty air filters and a lack of adequate refrigerant. If your particular American Standard air conditioner comes equipped with a condensate pump, your indoor leak may also be the result of a pump malfunction or breakdown.
Strange Vent Noises
Strange or unusual noises coming from your air conditioning/heating vents have a number of possible causes. Most of the time, what seems like air conditioning problems is nothing more than furniture obstructing the system’s return or supply vent openings. However, the humming, thumping or rattling sounds you hear may also indicate the presence of a clogged air filter. Unfortunately, if your troubleshooting steps eliminate these potential candidates, you may have bigger problems, including worn-out A/C system components or poorly installed or inadequately sized air ducts.
Calling for Assistance
Sometimes, do-it-yourself remedies can correct the issues you uncover while diagnosing malfunctions in your American Standard A/C system. However, in certain cases, the issues you find may indicate the need for help from a trained expert. Crucially, the steps required to get your system up and running again may be unique to American Standard’s design. For this reason, you should always seek assistance from someone familiar with the specific type of system you have installed.
At West Coast Chief Repair, we’re fully up-to-date on American Standard’s approach to A/C manufacturing, and have accumulated years of experience working on the company’s products. When responding to your calls for assistance, we apply this expert knowledge during every step of the repair process. In addition, we can show you how to keep your newly repaired system running strong in the future.