Rental Property Maintenance Guide – 3 Common Air Conditioner Issues
This summer when temperatures climb into the 90’s and the air conditioning unit in one of your rental houses decides to stop working, you need a quick solution. While many air conditioning problems require a professional, some may be addressed by you or your tenants. Below are three air conditioner (AC) trouble checks to follow before making a service call:
The unit runs but doesn’t cool – If the AC is running but your tenants don’t feel any cool air, start by checking the thermostat. Next, take a look at the condenser. Often tall weeds, grass or other airborne debris can block the condenser. If it’s dirty or blocked, clean it and remove the blockage. Finally, It could also be the result of a faulty compressor, or an inadequate amount of refrigerant in the system. If it’s one of these issues, a professional will need to address them.
The unit shuts on and off repeatedly – This is another problem that can happen with a dirty or blocked condenser unit, as well as a dirty evaporator. Most of the time, giving the entire unit a good cleaning and removing any obstructions will eliminate the problem.
The condenser isn’t running – If your condenser isn’t running, the first thing to check is the power. Make sure the unit is plugged in. If so, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. Restore the power and see if it starts. Another potential cause is a thermostat that isn’t set properly. Lower the thermostat by five degrees and see if it kicks on. If not, the problem is likely a faulty motor or compressor, a problem that will require professional help.
Keep in mind that an extremely hot day may impact your air conditioning unit’s effectiveness. If temperatures outside are over 100, you may not be able to achieve 65 degrees inside your rental home, especially if you have a lot of windows letting in the sun’s energy. Consider discussing the optimal temperature settings with your tenants, or installing thermostat timers to maintain between 74-78 degrees during the day and 71-73 degrees in the evening. Visit us at www.b2rfinance.com and follow us on Twitter @B2RFinance.
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