AC Troubleshooting Tips For The Summer Season
Written on: June 26, 2023
Is there a simple fix for your AC?
If your AC isn’t blowing cool air, you may need to call in the professionals, but first, take a look at our troubleshooting guidelines for DIY tips you can try at home. While many air conditioning problems are not DIY jobs, we are happy to offer straightforward solutions to help save you time and money.
AC DIY Troubleshooting 101
- Start by checking your blower: If your AC is powering on but not blowing cold air, it means the blower works – hooray! – but the cooling function isn’t doing its job. What is the next step?
- Next up: check your thermostat: Your thermostat lets your HVAC system know the temperature you want, but if that communication breaks down, the AC equipment gets confused! The culprit could be loose wiring, dead or dying batteries, a stuck thermometer or a failed sensor. We recommend investigating the problem by trying:
- Changing the thermostat batteries. A battery with less-than-ideal power may no longer have the capacity to control your home’s HVAC system.
- Checking the thermostat settings. Make sure the thermostat is set to at least 5 degrees below your current room temperature, so that it has some leeway to “kick in.” Some thermostats also need to be set to “cool,” instead of “auto.”
- Ensure the AC system is powered on: Is the system’s power switch set to the ON position? Like all electrical systems, your AC needs to be plugged in securely, and the wiring should not be fraying, tangled, or loose.
- Check that circuit breakers are in the right position: When a breaker trips, it is common for the air conditioner to turn off. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a heating and cooling expert to flip a switch on your circuit breaker box.
- Look for leaks: A leak along your system lines allows coolant to escape. You may notice freezing along the lines leading to or from your coils, hear a hissing noise coming from the hose, or notice that your energy bills are unusually high.
- Refresh that AC air filter: An air filter clogged with dirt and debris restricts air flow, making the AC equipment work harder just to keep up. During the warmest months, you should change your filter every one to three months, and more frequently if anyone in your household has allergies or respiratory issues. The good news is that changing your air filter is simple and you can DIY!
- Could your AC compressor be on its last leg? Unfortunately, some jobs just simply cannot be handled by a nonprofessional, and a faulty compressor replacement is one example. If your air conditioner blows lukewarm air or makes a lot of noise, you’ll need to call in the pros. Fortunately, we can help!
- Trust Anyzek with A/C repairs: When your home’s air conditioning goes on the fritz, you need an A/C service provider that will be there for you. Anyzek has been providing that peace of mind to our customers for decades. Every one of our air conditioning service technicians is licensed and certified and will work on any make or model of air conditioning system. Our service is impeccable from beginning to end.
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The AC pros at Anyzek can help you decide how best to address the issues you’re having with your air conditioner, and whether it’s time for an AC repair or an equipment upgrade. Anyzek Plumbing, Heating & Cooling provides dependable heating oil delivery, expert equipment installation and service and personal and responsive service in all we do for our customers.
Whether it’s an emergency equipment replacement or an upgraded install, Anyzek’s licensed and certified experts will get the job done right the first time! Contact us today to become a customer.