If you start to experience problems with your air conditioning then you may want to try a few things yourself before you reach for the phone to call an HVAC technician. After you have tried these things, you can call an HVAC technician out to look at your system and fix the problem if you haven't been able to take care of the issue on your own. Here is a simple guide to trying to take care of easy fixes on your own first:
Make sure the filter isn't full of dust
Even if you think you have been pretty good at cleaning or replacing the filter, you may find yourself surprised by a dirty one that can be affecting the efficiency of your system. There are some factors that can lead to a filter needing cleaning more often than you may expect. A few of these factors can include:
- Pets that begin shedding more due to the change in weather
- More dust coming into the home due to more wind and having a dirt yard
- Smoking that takes place inside of the home
Verify the breaker didn't become tripped
If you can't get the unit to turn on at all you don't want to jump to the conclusion that your air conditioner is broken. Instead, start with verifying the breaker isn't tripped. Even if it looks fine, you should turn it all the way off and then on again to make sure it didn't get partially tripped which can cause it to look like it is still in the on position when it isn't.
Check the thermostat
If you have a thermostat that runs off of batteries, then this is something you should always keep in the back of your mind. IF the batteries die, then it only makes sense that the unit wouldn't come on because the thermostat won't work. Putting in new batteries is an easy fix and you should make sure you always have the right size on hand just to be prepared for this.
Verify that the air conditioner isn't frozen
If your air conditioner freezes up on you then it can prevent it from working properly. The good news is that this is such a simple fix. All you have to do is to turn the air conditioner off for a few hours so the ice melts. You can run the fan alone to help it melt a little faster. Once the ice has melted the system should start working like it normally does if this is the problem.
If you have tried these things and you still can't get the air conditioner to work, then it's time to make that call to an HVAC technician, such as from D & R Service Inc. Also, keep in mind that you should have someone come out annually just to go over the unit before using it for the first time of the season.