No air conditioning on the hottest of days can ignite discomfort in homeowners, but try to keep your cool. Emergency air conditioner repairs can be performed quickly, to restore your indoor comfort. If your air conditioner stops cooling, here are a few helpful steps.
These steps may save you time, money, and the hassle of going without air conditioning. Have you ever had that moment of fear where you know something isn’t right with your air conditioner, but you’re almost too scared to find out? Is that service call going to cause inconvenience or about to cost money? These steps may save you time, money, and the hassle of going without air conditioning.
- Check the thermostat for proper setting. If the thermostat display doesn’t light up, change the batteries. Verify the system is set to cool.
- Have you checked the air filter? The airflow to your A/C or heating unit is very important and air filters should be changed regularly. If they’re not changed regularly, the restriction of air can cause the A/C unit to malfunction.
- Has the circuit breaker been tripped? Check the circuit breaker in the breaker box. Many people still call it a fuse box, but they haven’t used fuses in years. If the breaker to your HVAC unit has been tripped, reset the breaker. However, keep in mind that circuit breakers trip for safety reasons and if the breaker trips again, an electrician should look into the problem. Often, the breaker isn’t the problem, it’s something in the wiring pulling more electricity than it should.
- Make sure outdoor unit has proper clearance and you’re A/C cover is off! Your air conditioner needs room to breathe. When vegetation is around all sides it has to work harder to get rid of the heat.
- Did you check the disconnect switch to the outdoor unit? There should be a disconnect switch at the outdoor unit. Make sure it is plugged in or flipped on. Be very careful, as this switch controls the 240 volts of electricity to the outdoor A/C unit and it’s very dangerous.
- What about the condensation pump and/or A/C drain line? Many A/C units have a water safety switch to stop them from operating if water could leak into your home and ruin ceilings and floors. Checking for water in a pan under the unit could tell you the drain is clogged. Simply empty the pan and flush out the drain line and the unit may start operating again.