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

October 07, 2015

The fluctuating weather in Huffman can mean a variety of things, from the changing seasons to flipping off the switch of your air conditioner for the colder months. Of course, total home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like helping us out. That doesn’t mean that you’re headed for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner stops working or you notice it behaving strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the team at Air Houston Mechanical LLC for AC repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call.

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic checks that homeowners can do independently, and may solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Programmed to be around room temperature
  • Utilizing a fresh 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 noise. Air conditioner filters have been the cause for quite a few AC repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can change it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter diminishes your system’s efficiency and inhibits airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

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

  • Around the air conditioner itself and typically look like your everyday light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find the breaker that controls your air conditioner and determine 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 error 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 tried these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back in working order, it’s probably time to give us a shout. The pros at Air Houston Mechanical LLC in Huffman are here to be sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 832-777-1521 to set up an appointment with us.