Air Conditioner Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for AC Repair

October 07, 2015

The fluctuating weather in Stuart can mean a host of things, from the changing seasons to flipping off the switch of your air conditioner for the cooler months. Of course, whole home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like cooperating. That doesn’t mean that you’re automatically destined for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner quits working or you notice it operating weirdly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the experts at Breathe Healthier Air for AC repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout.

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the easiest checks that homeowners can do themselves, and might solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Tuned to be around room temperature
  • Using a fresh battery

2) Look at the air conditioner filter

Dirty filters can cause air conditioners to act weirdly, making them shut down without notice and without making a noise. Air conditioner filters have been the cause for many AC repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can change it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter diminishes your system’s efficiency and harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

Nearly all of the time, switches to your air conditioner are found:

  • Near the air conditioner itself and usually look like your everyday light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Identify the breaker that controls your air conditioner and find out if it is in the middle position or the Off position. If it is, cycle the breaker to Off and then flip it back to the On position.

4) Open all of your vents

A common error among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this could actually lead to a need for AC repair. Closing these vents can potentially cause your system to be less efficient and turn off because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve done these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a call. The experts at Breathe Healthier Air in Stuart are here to ensure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 772-600-7151 to set up an appointment with us.