Six Things to Try Before You Call For AC Repair

Written by admin on July 8, 2018. Posted in Air conditioning brandon fl, Air conditioning repair, Brandon ac repair

Air conditioning is an amazing and important invention. Every year in northern climates, where it is less common for individual homes to have their own air conditioning, it is not uncommon for a community to experience a number of deaths among its elderly and very young population during unusual heat waves. Businesses have also long known that employees are far more productive when there is air conditioning than when they are left to sweat through the sultry summer months. Air conditioning is protection for the vulnerable and a way of increasing comfort and productivity for everyone. Since your air-conditioning is so valuable, you want it to work well. When it stops working, your first inclination may be to call air conditioning repair services. Here are six things that you should check before you call for air conditioning repair.

  1. Is there electricity? If your air conditioner stops running, the first thing to check is whether you have electricity at all. Especially if a power outage occurs during daylight hours when house lights tend not to be on, you may not notice that the power has actually gone out. Before you call air conditioning services, do a basic check to make sure that your house has power.

  2. Check your air conditioners air filter. The flow of air to your HVAC unit is important to keeping it running properly. One of the most common reasons why the airflow from your unit may be constricted is that the air filter is clogged. Before you call air conditioning repair services, do a quick check to see if your air filter needs to be changed. If you have a reusable filter, clean it out. If not, install a new replacement filter.

  3. Check your gas meter. If your home uses gas heat, you’ll want to make sure that the gas meter is in place and your account with the gas company is active. This is especially a consideration if you moved into your home during the summer and did not realize that you needed to make an active gas account, or if you have recently moved from a very warm climate where you didn’t need gas heat to a colder climate where gas heating is the standard. Before you call for HVAC services, check with your gas company.

  4. Look at the safety switch under your air conditioner unit. If someone accidentally bumped the unit or the pan, the safety switch could have gone off. It is important not to bypass the safety switch. If you do, you could end up with a lot of water in your house. Speaking of water, the pan under the unit could be an issue as well. If it’s full, or if the drain above it is clogged, empty the pan and flush out the drain line. This may start your unit working again.

  5. Check your thermostat. When the air-conditioning goes off, a simple check should be whether the batteries in your thermostat need to be replaced. If you check the thermostat display and it does not light up, try changing the batteries. Call air conditioning repair services if the thermostat display doesn’t light up even with new batteries, or if that does not turn your air conditioning back on.

  6. Check the circuit breakers. It’s possible that the circuit breaker has been tripped in your breaker box. Your HVAC unit probably runs on its own circuit, so reset the breaker if you find that it has been tripped. However, understand that circuit breakers are there for safety, and if the breaker trips again there could be a problem either with the electricity or with your air conditioning unit. It might be wise to try finding air conditioner repair services, or at least calling an electrician to look at the wiring.

Sometimes a simple battery check or power loss can be the reason for your air conditioning problem. Check these six things before you call air conditioning repair services; but if they aren’t the problem, get help.

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