Like all things mechanical, HVAC systems can malfunction and leave you without AC and heat. Although your first instinct may be to call your AC company to schedule a visit from a technician, you may be able to find and fix the problem yourself. Here are a few things you as a homeowner can check yourself before calling for AC repair services.
Power and Electricity
It may seem simple, but without power, your air conditioning will never start to work. The first thing to check when your AC unit stops working unexpectedly is if your home has electricity. If the rest of your home’s electric seems to be intact, look in your breaker box to make sure the circuit hasn’t tripped. Next, check your thermostat to make certain your problem has nothing to do with electricity. If your thermostat is blank and doesn’t light up, try changing the batteries and setting your temperature a few degrees lower than normal just to see if the air kicks on.
Filters and Air Ducts
Changing your air filters regularly is essential for proper air flow. If your air conditioning is running but your house won’t seem to cool down, make sure your air filters aren’t clogged. Dirty air filters cause unhealthy air circulation throughout your home and can lead to long-term damage to your system. Blocked or dirty air ducts throughout your home can lead to the same problems. Checking your ductwork for holes and cleanliness is another preventative maintenance measure to take before calling your AC company. Check out our DIY video on changing filters.
Your outdoor unit is a tell-tale sign when it comes to making sure your AC is working. When your air conditioning is running, you should be able to hear the system kick on, see the fan turning at the top of your unit and feel the air blowing from the fan. Since this part of your AC system is outside, it can accumulate a lot of dirt and debris. Using a hose to clean your unit’s grill after turning off your system will loosen any obstructions and increase airflow.
If your system still seems to have problems after checking everything you can on your own, your next step is to call your AC company. Call us at Go Green for Austin AC repair services and receive a free estimate. Our team of friendly professionals is ready to provide you with energy efficient services and get your air conditioning back to normal in no time.