Just in Time for Summer! Your 4 Step AC Troubleshooting Guide

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Just in Time for Summer! Your 4 Step AC Troubleshooting Guide

Let’s face it, few things are more frustrating than facing a hot day when your air conditioner decides to go on strike. 

On top of being hot and miserable, you are likely worried there is an expensive repair coming in your future. 

Don’t fret yet about the repair bill. There are some things you can check yourself that might get your AC unit running without calling in the professionals.  

Take a look at this list AC troubleshooting ideas. You might just be able to get your unit up and running on your own. 

Check Your Thermostat

 If your air conditioner is working but not cooling, the thermostat could be the culprit:

  • There is not any air, warm or cool, coming out of your vents. 
  • The thermostat is showing temperatures higher than you want the air temperature to be. 
  • You are getting inconsistent temperatures, sometimes cool air and sometimes warm air. 
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Thermostats vary in their sophistication. Some simply control temperature and might be run by battery. Check to make sure the batteries are working.

If your thermostat is one that is programmable, check to make sure the programmed times are accurate. Many more sophisticated thermostats are connected to other technology devices and your wifi. Make sure the thermostat has not lost its connection. 

You want to be certain your thermostat is not clicked over to heating instead of cooling. Another option is to check that the thermostat is not just on “fan-only” so it’s blowing continuously without either air or heat coming out. 

Circuit Breaker

If the thermostat is working alright, move onto the next logical place to look and that’s the circuit breaker. 

Check to make sure the circuit breaker in the switchboard has not been tripped. This would mean no electricity is going to your AC unit. 

Indoor Air Filter

Some might believe that their air conditioner is only the metal box sitting outside next to their house. In fact, there are also indoor components to your AC unit too. 

Inside as part of your furnace, your AC unit is connected. It is how the cool air made in the outside unit gets pumped through the vents in your house. 

The indoor portion contains an air filter that collects dirt, dust and other air particles. If it gets so dirty, the air can’t move through the system. 

Depending on the type of filter you have, you might need to clean or replace the air filter.  

Time To Call The Professionals

There are several other potential things that could be going wrong, but they are more specialised. This might mean it’s time to call in the professionals. 

An AC professional will come out and will check on several other parts of your unit:

  • Evaporator coil
  • Refrigerant
  • Condensing unit
  • Outdoor wiring

Just because you need to call in the professionals, you shouldn’t assume the worst about your AC unit. Sometimes, any one of these components needs cleaning or minor repairs to get the unit running again. 

AC Troubleshooting Tips For You

Nobody wants to spend a warm-weather day without their AC working. Try these AC troubleshooting ideas to get your AC up and running. 

If you can’t get it working, we are here to help. Contact us today and we’ll get one of our air conditioning specialists out to see you and get it working for you.

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