Is your AC not working? For most people in this situation, their first instinct is to call the AC company and have a technician find the source of the problem. However, this can turn out to be a waste of time and money for both homeowners and air conditioning companies if the solution is simple. Here are four things you should do before calling the AC company.
1) Flip Your Circuit Breaker
If your AC won’t turn on, it might be that the circuit breaker has been tripped, especially if you’ve been using a lot of power recently. To check the circuit breaker, go to the panel and make sure the switch for your AC is pointing in the correct direction. If it isn’t, the breaker tripped due to overheating and flipping it back the other way will fix the problem.
2) Replace the Air Filter
Checking your air filter, especially if it’s been more than a month since you replaced it, might solve your AC problem. If the filter is clogged, the system doesn’t have the clear pathways it needs to cool properly. Remember to replace the air filter regularly to avoid problems and extend the life of your AC.
3) Check the Thermostat
The solution to an air conditioner problem might be as simple as checking your thermostat. If the screen is blank, it’s time to replace the batteries. If the thermostat is on, check the settings to make sure the thermostat is communicating the correct orders to the AC.
4) Check the Condensate Drain Line
If none of the above troubleshooting tips work, check the condensate drain pan to see if your AC turned off to guard against water damage. If there’s water in the pan, the drain line is clogged, and flushing it will allow your AC to turn on again. We highly recommend calling Lee’s Air Conditioning and Plumbing at this point to avoid inadvertently damaging the drain line, but some homeowners have experience with flushing their drain lines and prefer to do it on their own.
When it comes to troubleshooting your AC, doing the things listed above can save you the cost of having a technician come to your home. However, scheduling air conditioning service is the best way to ensure that your AC is repaired safely and correctly. For reliable AC service, contact Lee’s Air Conditioning and Plumbing today.