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How to Check Your A/C Before Calling for Service

Posted on AC Tips, The Cooler Blog, Tips September 12, 2013

It’s usually feels like the hottest day when something unexpected goes wrong and your air conditioner stops working. Depending on the type of issue, getting it repaired can be within your budget, or costly if you need a replacement. These steps can save you the time, stress, and money before calling the repairman.

  1. Assess the problem. Is the A/C unit not functioning at all? Is the cool air not flowing as efficiently as it should be or is it simply blowing around warm air?
  2. It’s not working at all; the air handler for the indoor unit / the condenser for the outdoor unit are not running. Make sure it’s plugged in. Although this can be a no-brainer, there are times that the plug can be partially or completely dislodged. Make sure the circuit breakers and fuses are on and working correctly. Considerably in older homes, circuits can easily overload if the air conditioner shares a circuit with appliances such as irons, refrigerators, or microwaves. Check your thermostat to ensure that it’s set to cool at the current temperature. Sometimes settings can change by accident.
  3. Check your fan blower belt for excessive slack, damage, or breakage. This can cause low air flow, allowing ice to form, which causes low cooling performance. Either repair or replace the blower belt. Before restarting the A/C unit, let the ice to melt.
  4. Check the coils and filter and thoroughly clean them if they are covered in dust and debris.
  5. If all else fails, call a professional and reliable company…call All Year Cooling! We guarantee the best price and 100% satisfaction. [php snippet=1]


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