Even with regular upkeep and preventative maintenance, unpredictable situations with your air conditioner can still happen. Power outages can occur. Severe storms can pass through. For this reason, Loveland Heating & Air thinks it’s best to be prepared and have a strategy formulated in case your A/C were to suddenly go out this summer. With temperatures being so high, surely you don’t want to get caught in the heat. So, keep reading for some tips and tricks so you are familiar with the basic troubleshooting steps should this happen to you.
Have You Checked the Thermostat?
Low or dead thermostat batteries are often a common culprit for A/C issues. If you don’t remember exactly when it was that you last changed your thermostat’s batteries, chances are they are due for a fresh set soon! When air conditioners begin to act up, the thermostat is often overlooked. So, in the case your own A/C is giving you issues, be sure to check the battery life on your thermostat first thing.
Have You Checked the Circuit Breaker?
Still experiencing A/C problems? Have you thought about the circuit breaker? Just because you didn’t notice the switch flipping, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. It is quite possible that it flipped when you were not at home, or during the night. The fix to your air conditioner woes may very well lie within a simple flip of the switch back to the “on” position.
Have You Checked the Air Filter?
Another thing you want to check for if your A/C stops working is a clogged air filter. When an air filter goes for longer than it should without a change, it can become overloaded with dirt, dust, and other airborne particles which can ultimately lead to various system issues such as short cycling. So, if you are still experiencing A/C problems, check the air filter and swap it out for a fresh one if necessary.
Have You Checked the Compressor?
If you’re scratching your head at this point, make sure to check your compressor outside. It’s important to confirm there is no harm that has been done to the unit. If an outdoor element like a large tree branch fell onto the unit or even small loose debris (such as leaves) got stuck in the compressor’s fan blades, no doubt the compressor will need some extra attention. So, if you find this to be the case, please call us immediately. If you can visibly see any damage, or hear unusual sounds such as banging, clanking, or rattling, this is another indicator that you should call an HVAC specialist.
Do You Know What You Should Avoid If Your A/C Goes Out?
While waiting for a technician to arrive, please note that we are in the hottest time of the season. So, there are others who are also enduring the heat and experiencing issues with their air conditioners too. But don’t get discouraged! Our customers’ comfort and well-being are important to us. We will absolutely get to your home as soon as possible! But during your wait, what should you NOT do?
First, we do not suggest using heat-producing devices such as your stove, dishwasher, and laundry dryer. These will only add to the rising heat in your home. In addition, we also recommend not opening your freezer door in the hopes that the cool air from the freezer will provide you with a bit of relief. Unfortunately, we don’t think spoiled groceries are worth the risk.
Do you have a local heating and cooling company you call your own? Loveland Heating & Air would love to serve you, your home, and your family. So, if you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you! Reach us at (513) 216-5913, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!