If your air conditioner isn't running properly or not at all, there are a couple of things you can try to get it working again. You can wait for a repairman to come out to do a residential AC repair for you, but if it is something minor that you could have repaired on your own, it could leave you hot under the collar and having wasted money. You should know of a few troubleshooting tips that could help you repair your air conditioner yourself. Read on for a few of these troubleshooting tips to try before calling out a repairman.
1. Check for Power
If your air conditioner isn't turning on at all, you can check for power. First, take a look at your breaker box to see if you blew a fuse. If the breaker is popped, simply pop it back into place. If it pops again, you may have too much on that one breaker and will need to turn something off until you can repair this. If the breaker didn't pop, check that your system has power. Be sure that it is plugged in, or that the outlet it is plugged into has power. If none of these things was the problem, move on.
2. Check the Thermostat
If you had power to your air conditioner, the problem may be that the thermostat isn't giving a signal to your air conditioner. To check this, remove the cover and plate of the thermostat from the wall and look at the back of the thermostat. Be sure that the wires are securely in place. Make any necessary adjustments. If the thermostat wasn't turned on, turn it on and also check that it is set to the "cool" setting. If you don't have any power to your thermostat, check the batteries inside. If none of these things was the problem, then move on the next troubleshooting tip.
3. Change the Air Filter
Remove the old air filter in your system and check to see how dirty it is. If it was filthy dirty and hadn't been changed in awhile, this may have been the problem with your air conditioner. If it's loaded with dirt and debris, air cannot get through to your system. Replace the air filter with a new one and then hit the reset button on your system.
If you weren't able to make the repair on your own, then it's time to call out an HVAC repairman for help. You can let the repairman know what all you tried in order to repair the system on your own.
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