If your compressor doesn’t have an overload button and you hear it humming or buzzing, poke a screwdriver or stick down through the top grille and try to spin the fan blades clockwise. If doing this gives the fan enough of a boost to get it going, the unit has a faulty capacitor that must be replaced. See How to Test and Replace an AC Run Capacitor, above.
Mr Manns did a great job of explaining what he was doing. I learned some new things. One request: before using the hose, please ask to use it. In my particular case, the spicot is misbehaving. I have a particular method for turning it on/off to minimize aggravating the problem. So while there are no problems with him using it, I want to turn it on and off but was not given the opportunity to do so.
You might guess it from the name: the heat exchanger is the part of your furnace that actually heats the air your blower motor pushes through the furnace. It consists of a chamber in which the heat energy produced by natural or propane gas is transferred to the forced air. At the same time, this part also includes a vent through which the gases themselves are safely removed from the unit and the air that enters your home. Because of these gases, a problem with your heat exchanger needs to be dealt with promptly. Over time, cracks in the exchanger can result in carbon monoxide leaks. Taking care of the problem once again means understanding the existence of a range: repairing your heat exchanger can cost as little as $100, but a full replacement may cost up to $1,200.
A contactor is a $25 mechanical relay that uses low-voltage power from the thermostat to switch 220-volt high-amperage current to the compressor and condenser fan. AC contactors can wear out and are at the top of the list of common air conditioning service failures. Even if your contactor is working, it pays to replace it every five years or so. Unscrew the old contactor before removing the wires. Then move the wires to the new unit (photo 6).
Some of the most common problems that require gas furnace repair include malfunctioning thermostats, frequent cycling, blowers that continuously run, excessive noise, general lack of maintenance, dirty filters and electric ignition or pilot control problems. Repair Clinic can show you how to fix your furnace and save you money on the parts and repair. Safety first! Be sure to consult an HVAC pro if you’re not confident making furnace repairs.
Have you noticed that your A/C isn’t working as well as it could be? Perhaps there is an unexplained noise coming from the unit, or it doesn’t keep your home at the correct temperature. In these circumstances, a competitively priced repair is vital. It’s unlikely the problem will resolve on its own, so if you suspect there’s an issue, one call to us is all it takes.