Depending on where you live and the status of your health, finding out once summer has begun that your air conditioner isn’t in top condition can range from mildly uncomfortable to catastrophic. Before things heat up, it’s a good idea to make sure your air conditioner is running correctly. While some issues will require the help of a professional, there are also some common air conditioner problems that you can diagnose and fix yourself with a little troubleshooting.
This is the first place to look if you turn on the air conditioning and it isn’t cooling the house properly. First, make sure that you’ve switched it from heating to air conditioning and that the temperature setting is appropriate. If these look good, see if the thermostat needs new batteries.
Your Circuit Breaker
Your problem might be as simple as a problem with the circuit breaker. Check to see if it has tripped, and reset it if necessary.
Clogged Filters, Air Vents or Ducts
Air conditioning filters need to be changed regularly. Dirty air filters affect air flow, so be sure that you have clean filters in place. Dust or dirt affecting your air ducts or vents can also affect your system’s performance. You may need to call in a professional if the issue is vermin or mold.
There are other situations in which you probably need to call a professional even if you can identify the source of the problem. One reason for this is that your warranty could be voided if you attempt to fix it. If your air conditioner is not installed correctly, you’ll need to have it redone properly. Problems with the outside unit or unfamiliar noises coming from the unit are also indications that you need to contact a professional.
A malfunctioning air conditioning unit can mean miserable days and sleepless nights, so when you need that help, you want to know you can get hold of someone right away. That’s why it’s critical for HVAC companies to offer 24/7 telephone coverage staffed by people who understand the industry and the needs of customers. Calling and getting a caring and knowledgeable voice on the line who can provide necessary information and get the ball rolling on a service visit right away tells you that you are dealing with an HVAC company that puts its customers first.