Regardless of whether you rent or own your home, when the temperature starts to rise for the summer the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to fail. Along with the cost of the repairs, you’re likely to have several sleepless nights while you’re waiting for your repair appointment. Knowing how to fix simple air conditioning issues can keep your wallet and body temperature happy all summer long.
Did You Blow a Fuse?
If your air conditioner isn’t turning on the first thing you want to check is the fuse box. If your air conditioner is running hard there is a distinct chance it might have blown a fuse or tripped a circuit. To check this you’ll want to locate your home’s electrical panel and find the switch that correlates with your air conditioner–it might be labeled as furnace as often the furnace is what distributes cold air throughout the home. First, try flipping that switch off and on again, checking to see if any other switched have been turned off in the process. This may reset the connection if the circuit is the issue, if not the next step is to find and check the fuse in the blower.
If you’re not sure if your central air system is getting power the next step will be to try turning on the fan, usually the switch is located next to the “auto” button. If your fan starts as normal you can rule out a power issue. However, this may be a sign of a larger problem with the air conditioner itself. Alternatively, you may have a thermostat issue. If the fan isn’t operating, there may be a problem with the blower.
A common air conditioner problem is for the thermostat to malfunction. Since your air conditioning system runs entirely off of the thermostats setting if it suffers damage you might have all kinds of problems. First, check that the system didn’t simply get turned off or switched to auto, then check that the temperature wasn’t turned up. If neither of these is the case, the next step is to check that the batteries are still working. If you can be sure the thermostat is the issue replacing it is a simple task you can do yourself.
Check For Visible Issues
Another common issue air conditioners face is lack of basic maintenance–check that everything inside is clean, unbent, and free of dust and debris. Cleaning your air conditioner and replacing filters should be part of regular maintenance, but if you’ve forgotten it may have caused a clog. While you’re checking the cleanliness, be sure to check that there are no leaks or visible condensation drain issues.
For Air Conditioning Help and More, Call International Services Today
For all your air conditioning repair, replacement, and maintenance needs, you can trust International Services. We are the trusted HVAC repair technicians for families in the Maryland and Virginia areas, and we have been keeping residents comfortable for almost ten years. We provide you with the highest quality services for the best possible price, and we never cut corners. For more information about our services, contact us online or by calling (202) 241-4822, (703) 445-7766, or (301) 534-4822. Do you want more tips on keeping your home and furnace leak-free? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.