Thursday, August 13, 2015

Try These Five Simple Checks Before Scheduling Air Conditioning Service

Many of us have had those embarrassing moments when we ask for help to fix something only to find that it wasn't plugged in. When it seems your air conditioner isn't working, it's a good idea to rule out the simple things before calling an air conditioning service provider. Here are five of them:

Make Sure It Has Power

If your AC unit is turned on and plugged in, check the circuit breakers to make sure none have tripped. If resetting the circuit breaker solves the problem and your air conditioner continues to operate without tripping a breaker, then you should be good to go. When resetting a circuit breaker, turn it off and then turn it back on.

Carefully Check Your Settings

Assuming your air conditioner is broken when the settings are improperly adjusted happens to the best of us. Distractions, stress, being rushed, or even a bad day can make this happen. Make sure the setting is on "cool" rather than "heat" and that the temperature setting is below the temperature of your room.

Check Your Thermostat Batteries

A thermostat with a dead battery can't signal the air conditioner to turn on. Thermostats usually have a light or message display that indicates the need for a battery replacement.

Check Your Filter

A dirty air filter causes weak airflow and may even shut some units down. Do a quick filter check and replace it if it's dirty. It's best to do routine air filter checks before you experience problems because your AC unit will use less power with a clean filter. Less power consumption means a smaller electric bill at the end of the month.

Check For Air Leaks

If your window unit is having trouble cooling your room, there may be air leakage between the window and the air conditioner. Check this by lighting an incense stick and holding it next to the window. If the smoke is disturbed by air currents, your air conditioner hasn't been properly sealed.

If the problem doesn't go away after eliminating the simple stuff, it's time to call in the pros. Give us a call at (480) 946-5083, or schedule service via our website.