Anytime you do work that requires installing new electric lines you're probably going to need a permit and inspections. The main reason I'd suggest getting it inspected is to find anything that might have been done that wasn't according to code. There are ways to do things that will work just fine, but won't pass code.
This isn't a problem unless you decide to sell the house and the inspector finds something or if there were a problem such as a fire or major leak and an insurance adjuster came in and found something done not to code and denied a claim because of it
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What could have caused my central air conditioner to stop working?
Are you talking about the furnance fan or the condenser fan outside. I will assume you are talking about the outside fan.
Turn the power off and then try to spin the fan, if it rotates freely, then the motor is not locked up and the problem is most likely a bad start capacitor. At any rate, you need to call in a serviceman have have them check out the system. Running the system without the fan can cause other problems.
If the unit freezes up, it could take out the compressor and you will have to replace the whole unit. It may take the guys a few days to get out to your house, they are pretty busy at the moment. good luck.
Is there any solar powered central air conditions available ?
I'm not aware of any strictly solar-powered central air conditioners. There are small air conditioners that are solar powered, but you would really need to have a good reason for it.
If the house or business already has central air, then the best move is to do grid-tied solar, if at all. That way, the panels are producing electricity all year round, and contributing to the place's general electric supply. For example, in the winter, when the A/C is turned off, the solar power might go into the washing machine or whatever else is running.
My neighbor's brother did just that - put in solar to offset the energy of the central A/C.
What would cause a central air conditioner to freeze up?
poor air flow or low refrigerant charge.
low charge causes low pressures which directly relate to low temperatures. Once the pressures get too low the temperature will fall below 32 and the coils will freeze. Low air flow from too much dirt also causes low pressures due to poor heat transfer.
This will also cause freezing of the condensation on the coils and in turn reduce heat transfer even further. Eventually that liquid refrigerant in the coil will not boil off and will run in to the compressor. This can cause a liquid slug in the piston or scroll element and also wash all of the oil out of the compressor.
Either way freezing AC coils can end up destroying your compressor and that's when you are going to pay $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Why a central air conditioner is installed outside a house and not in basement?
in case you have a efficient heating equipment, that's lots greater reasonably priced than in case you have baseboards because of the reality that one and all ductwork is already in place. in maximum cases, a efficient heater could be converted to do the two heating and cooling.
the fee of installation of the equipment relies upon on what sort and how super the compressor desires to be. call for estimates and get 3 or greater estimates and a assertion of artwork earlier you sign a freelance for the installation. a assertion of artwork will lay out how the installer plans on installation the equipment and what warrantees are in place on the workmanship and on the unit
Where you live, could you live the summer without an air conditioner?
Since humidity is not a problem look for a portable evaporative cooler. They are usually about the size of those little under counter refrigerators and are on wheels so you can roll them around. They don't draw very much electricity so they can be plugged into a regular receptacle.
You just pour water into the reservoir and turn on the fan, of course you need to keep adding water. We had one when I was growing up and we didn't have air conditioning. Do you know that air conditioning was a luxury until the late '60 s and early '70 s when it became more affordable to the working person.
It's amazing how fast we've become spoiled ! Do what you can to keep air moving, especially in your direction. Good luck
Central air/ furnace one unit?
Air conditioners come in either cool only or reverse cycle (heat pump) types. The reverse cycle unit heats as well as cools and is touted as being the most energy efficient method of heating a home other than wood burning stoves owned by country folk who have access to free wood :-) All humor aside the best reverse cycle technology available today is in the form of 'inverter' split systems.This inverter type is extremely cost effective and energy efficient due to it's ability to vary the compressor speed to match the load requirements of your internal space.
The best brand available using this technology is by 'Daikin' who are a Japanese manufacturer. You should be able to find a qualified distributor/installer in your area. Hope this helps.
my central air conditioner will not turn on?
You've listed your question in the Cars & Transportation > Maintenance & Repairs section. You'd probably get a better response and set of answers if you relist your question in the Home & Garden > Maintenance & Repairs section.
If your fan normally worked when you turned it on from the thermostat without the air conditioner running, then your motor could be bad or there is an electrical problem somewhere. But, if the fan only runs when the AC is on, the AC may be low or out of the freon coolant or the fuses/circuit breakers inside the unit may be blown/tripped. Your best bet would be to have someone that knows about them take a look.
Best of luck.
my fan on my central air conditioner is not turning?
It does not matter if it is your condensor (outside) or blower motor (inside).
There are few things that could be wrong with it that would cause it to blow slow. The most likely answer is that your motor has lost a speed (if you know what you are doing you could shift to another speed and limp by for this season) or your bearings are going out and you will need a new motor. Depending on who you get and what kind of motor it is you are looking at 150 to 300 dollars.
As the Oklahoma person said location and provider make all the difference. (The two parts were most likely a motor and a capacitor).
My central Air Conditioner wont turn on what could be wrong with it?
We had to interchange our compressor very last week (only the compressor, no longer the full outdoor unit) .that changed into $1700. My brother had to interchange both the exterior unit and coil on his very last week: $3800 - that turned right into a 2 ton unit for ONE room (something of the domicile has a separate 5 ton unit).
we are stimulating the economy - and that i'm guessing the fix adult men are making us pay for fast service in this warm spell). If this is only the fan on your outdoors unit, this is going to purely be a pair hundred funds - in the experience that they are able to searching the right section and your guy doesn't opt for to promote you the full aspect. sturdy success
Mismatched or Improvement Central Air?
It will not work right.You can go as much as a half ton larger only on the indoor coil than the outdoor coil and actually get more latent heat removal but when you get any larger than that ,it just doesn't work right.Your split will be off,your pressures will be off,and it won't cool right.
With or without a different TXV and regardless of blower speed. I've experimented with it on many ocassions.Find a 4 and 1/2 ton coil and it will work like a dream.
Good luck. You could also easily destroy a good compressor with a 4 ton condenser and a 5 ton evaporator coil in a short time.
What does it mean when your central air conditioner stops blowing air?
Is the blower motor not operating or just no air flow ? It is possible that moisture in the air is freezing up on the evaporator. This would block the air flow.
Once it is turned off for a few minutes, the ice melts allowing the air flow through. (ever see the puddles of water under a car once it is turned off. that is the ice melting off of the evaporator).
Not sure of how you could fix it, normally there is enough warmer air passing over the evaporator to keep it from freezing up. Might try setting your thermostat to a warmer setting, letting it "cycle" off more often.
I am trying to determine what size central air conditioner I need for my home?
The best thing to do with a "rule of thumb" is to stick that thumb where the sun don't shine. An accurate measuring of the house, rooms, windows, doors, insulation and taking into account exposure directions then using Manual J the load can be determined properly. Then the ducts need measured and the blower capacity needs checked so corrections can be made as needed for proper air flow.
Upsizing coils in today's equipment can cause nightmares. Systems should be installed as to manufacturers specifications and ARI ratings. Otherwise efficiency will suffer, and performance can be very poor.
The "rule of thumb" and "wing it" method is for JACK LEGS, or HACKS as we call them around here
Plug on air conditioner melted and burned black. Can we replace the plug/cord- or trash the whole unit?
The cord melted because the unit is bad, obviously you had enough amps going to the unit to melt the cord, and this is the first time in 6 years this happened.
It's not the breaker or the circuit, it's the unit. As someone said, most areas will not just accept a discarded unit in the trash, they will pick it up separately, some require an advanced call, or many appliance stores will take it in if you buy from them. However.
A/C units contain copper coils, and copper is very desired by scrappers, if you were to put it out curbside I have no doubt they would take it away for you. As was also previously mentioned, do not continue to use it, as it may indeed cause a fire.
what causes an inside air conditioner unit to leak water onto the floor?
That's condensation from the A/C removing humidity from the air. There should be a hose that runs from the unit, shut it down, look where the hose is attached, and see if you can unclog it. Maybe you can push a coat hanger in or something.
If the hose goes into a small black box that has another coming out, that's a condensate pump. Make sure the pump is plugged in, and has power to it. If it does, and it's full of water, either the pump is no good, the float switch is no good, or the float switch could be hung-up on some debris.
Or it could be what Zacharia said. You can do it.
accidentally through cigarette into central air conditioner?
nervous, please help?
The release of carbon monoxide is minimal considering that the air in the outside air conditioner unit is constantly replenishing itself. So nothing to worry about there.
There is no way any air or smoke from the cigarette could enter the building because the only thing that enters is the electric cable and the coolant pipe, which is made of metal such as copper. I doubt a cigarette can burn through the copper wire. The only thing that could go wrong is if the cigarette is expelled out of the air conditioner and causes fire.
But this is no different than if your friend would throw the cigarette but with no air conditioner being present. So your worries can all be put to rest.