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

The changing weather in West Palm Beach 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, total 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 automatically destined for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner stops working or you notice it operating weirdly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the pros at Summit Air Conditioning Inc for AC repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a ring.

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the easiest checks that homeowners can do independently, and might solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Programmed to be around room temperature
  • Working with a newer battery

2) Look at the air conditioner filter

Dirty filters can cause air conditioners to act erratically, 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 change it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter decreases your system’s efficiency and reduces 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 normally look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Identify 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 flip it back to the On position.

4) Open all of your vents

A typical error among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this could actually lead to a need for AC repair. Closing these vents can potentially cause your system to be less efficient and stop working because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve done 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 Summit Air Conditioning Inc in West Palm Beach are here to be sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 561-582-3390 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.