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Why is my air conditioning unit not blowing?

Ah, the dreaded moment: you crank up the air conditioning unit, only to be met with warm air. Don’t panic! While a malfunctioning air conditioner can be frustrating, it could be fixable without calling a professional (although that’s always an option!). Here are 5 things you can do yourself to help diagnose the culprit behind your AC woes:

1. Check the Thermostat: This might seem obvious, but it’s worth double-checking. Is the thermostat set to “cool”, and is the desired temperature lower than the current room temperature? Is the system turned “on”? A simple adjustment might be all it takes.


Remove shrubs and debris from around the AC Unit.

2. Dirty Air Filter: A clogged air filter restricts airflow, preventing the air conditioner from functioning correctly. During peak summer months, replace your filter with a clean one at least every month, especially if you have shedding pets.

3. Frozen Coils: If your Air conditioner is blowing cold air but very little of it, your coils might be frozen. This can happen if the filter is dirty, the thermostat is too low, or there’s a refrigerant leak. Turn off the AC and let the ice melt naturally before restarting it. If the issue persists, consult a professional.

4. Tripped Circuit Breaker: Check your breaker box to see if the circuit breaker has tripped. If so, reset it (but be sure no other appliances are turned on simultaneously to avoid overloading the circuit). If it trips again, consult a qualified electrician.

5. Blower Fan Issues: If you hear the AC unit running without air flowing, the blower fan might not be working. This could be due to a faulty motor, loose belt, or other mechanical issues. In this case, it’s best to call a professional for repairs.

Pro Tips to avoid your air conditioning unit not blowing air:

  • Clean the outdoor unit: To ensure proper airflow, regularly remove any leaves, debris, or overgrown vegetation surrounding it.
  • Schedule maintenance: Having your AC professionally serviced annually can help prevent future problems and extend its lifespan.

Remember: If you need clarification on any of these steps or the problem persists, it’s always best to contact a qualified HVAC technician to diagnose and fix the issue safely and effectively. Stay cool!