Air Conditioner Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for AC Repair

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The changing weather in Tampa Bay can mean a variety of things, from the changing seasons to turning off the switch of your air conditioner for the cooler 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 quits working or you notice it operating oddly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the pros at Langford Cooling for AC repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout.

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic checks that homeowners can do on their own, and may solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Set to be around room temperature
  • Using a new battery

2) Look at the air conditioner filter

Dirty filters can cause air conditioners to act out of the ordinary, making them shut down without notice and without making a sound. Air conditioner filters have been the cause for a lot of 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

Most of the time, switches to your air conditioner are found:

  • Around the air conditioner itself and usually look like your regular light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint the breaker that controls your air conditioner and find out if it is in the middle position or the Off position. If it is, cycle the breaker to Off and then switch it back to the On position.

4) Open all of your vents

A common mistake among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this may actually lead to a need for AC repair. Closing these vents could 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 up and running, it’s probably time to give us a shout. The team at Langford Cooling in Tampa Bay are here to make sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 813-418-7884 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.

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