The fluctuating weather in Fort Lauderdale can mean a host of things, from the changing seasons to flipping off the switch of your air conditioner for the colder months. Of course, complete home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like doing that. That doesn’t mean that you’re predestined for AC repair though.
When your air conditioner fails to work or you notice it behaving oddly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the pros at Solar Air Inc. for AC repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout.
1) Check your thermostat
This is one of the simplest checks that homeowners can do themselves, and may solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is:
- Set to “cool”
- Programmed to be around room temperature
- Using a fresh battery
2) Look at the air conditioner filter
Dirty filters can cause air conditioners to act erratically, making them shut down without notice and without making a sound. Air conditioner filters have been the cause for quite a few AC repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can exchange it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter decreases your system’s efficiency and inhibits airflow.
3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches
The majority of the time, switches to your air conditioner are found:
- Around the air conditioner itself and typically look like your regular light switch.
- At your circuit breaker panel. Find the breaker that controls your air conditioner and determine 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 typical mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied rooms, but this could actually lead to a need for AC repair. Closing these vents may potentially cause your system to be less efficient and shut down because of added airflow pressure.
If you’ve completed these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a ring. The experts at Solar Air Inc. in Fort Lauderdale are here to make sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 954-320-7398 to set up an appointment with us.