In Texas we depend on our AC like the very air we breathe. It’s not just a comfort, it’s a necessity in those summer months. When our AC stops working it can feel like a matter of grave importance.
Luckily, a lot of times when the AC shuts off or isn’t working properly there is a simple solution. Here are 4 things you can check and fix on your own before you call in a technician.
It might seem too obvious, but there a number of AC issues that can be solved with the thermostat. First, make sure your thermostat has power. If it’s not on, it can’t tell your AC to do its job. Check the batteries and replace them if necessary.
Next, check the mode the thermostat is set to. Most thermostats have an Auto Mode that automatically tells the HVAC to heat or cool the house depending on the temp. Sometimes it can be set to On, which may simply be blowing air through the house. You may also have a Cool setting that your thermostat needs to be switched to. If you have more questions on your thermostat you can search your make and model on the internet or call the manufacturer.
- Power source
If your AC isn’t getting power, it can’t run. Many units have an emergency shutoff switch that often looks like an ordinary light switch. This switch can be located in your HVAC room, utility room or attic.
You could also check your circuit breakers. Sometimes these breakers can be switched off and not turned back on, or they could have been flipped from a current overload. If your circuits are constantly being flipped due to overload, you may have an electrical problem.
HVAC filters need to be switched out regularly. If you have a dirty or clogged filter it can cause your unit to overheat or the coils to freeze. Switching out the filters on a consistent, regular basis can be one of the best things you can do to keep your AC running strong.
- Drain pipes
Blocked AC drain lines can be another reason your AC isn’t working. Look for signs of flooding around the air handler unit, water around the safety switch, a moldy smell, or if your condensate pan is full more often than not.
If you find your drain lines are clogged, don’t wait before calling in a professional to assess the situation.
If you feel like you’ve gone through this checklist and there are still issues with your AC, don’t abandon all hope and suffer in the heat! We’re here to help.