If your A/C is acting up and you are unsure about what to do, you’ve come to the right place! Eastland Heating & Cooling is here to assist you with all your HVAC needs. And even if your air conditioner hasn’t given you any grief, we still think it would be a good idea to continue reading and have a game plan in the back of your mind. This way, you will be prepared if an unwelcome surprise arises. Now you won’t find yourself scrambling for troubleshooting tips to get everything in order.
What Are the Do’s If Your A/C Goes Out?
In the event your A/C goes out, a good place to start is your thermostat. It’s possible that your batteries died, or the batteries are low causing the thermostat to not properly communicate with the A/C system. So, if you find the display not powering on or suspect that the batteries are near the end of their life, try switching them out for a set of fresh new ones. This might just fix the problem! If you still are experiencing problems with your A/C after this, check the circuit breaker to confirm the switch is still in the “on” position. It’s possible that the switch flipped off without you noticing.
Is the A/C still not working? If not, move on to checking the outdoor unit. This is the big metal box located either on the side or back of your house, also known as the compressor. You want to ensure there is no physical damage done to the unit. Since it is located outside, it’s always a possibility that a large branch or outdoor item fell onto the compressor. For this reason, we recommend keeping the area clear of loose items, outdoor debris or vegetation. In addition, it is normal for your compressor to make a faint whirring sound. This indicates it isn’t working as it should be. However, if you hear an unfamiliar sound coming from the unit, it is time to call an HVAC professional such as Eastland Heating & Cooling.
What Are the Do NOT Do’s If Your A/C Goes Out?
Since we have a list of things you can do, it only makes sense to have a list of don’ts as well. Your residential A/C system is a complex machine that operates within your home to provide cool air and comfort for you and your family. It would not be ideal to do anything that compromises the system and causes you more trouble down the road. Although you may be a little frustrated without a fully functioning A/C, stay calm, it will be okay. Your heating and cooling experts are here to help lighten the load! You may consider yourself a handy person, but keep in mind that when you troubleshoot your A/C, you should only stick to the basic troubleshooting steps listed above. Otherwise, you may just find yourself regretting performing a DIY repair as it can lead to a snowball effect of cost-expensive repairs. As always, it is best to leave the repairs to a licensed HVAC technician, most importantly due to the risks of safety hazards a DIY repair can cause.
Moving on to the next “don’t” on our list– in the meantime as you are waiting for your HVAC technician to arrive, it may be tempting to look for cool ways to provide relief for you and your family. Make sure to avoid the opening of any windows or external doors in your home. Otherwise, this will allow the heat to creep into your house faster. In addition, you should stay away from utilizing heat-inducing appliances such as your stove or dryer. These can also add to the accumulating heat within the home. And lastly, we do not recommend opening your freezer to cool down. It will not provide much relief from the tiny bit of cool air it might provide. And to be frank, it is not worth risking spoiled your frozen food over!
If anything acts up with your air conditioner, it’s always a good idea to have a strategy planned so you can deal with the situation appropriately. Remember that Eastland Heating & Cooling offers emergency service 24/7, 365 days a year. So, we are here for you any time of the day. You can reach us at (614) 861-5203, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here!