Got a Broken A/C? Here Are Some Troubleshooting Tips
With a broken A/C, there’s not much Buford homeowners can do except to call a professional for help. Air conditioners are complex, hazardous systems that only qualified experts should attempt to fix. However, there are a few simple steps you can take to investigate the cause of the problem without doing any damage.
Step 1: Check the Air Filter
A dirty air filter can wreak havoc inside the air conditioner. In fact, some experts believe that a dirty air filter is one of the biggest contributors to a broken A/C. In order to function well, an air filter must have some available surface space in which to trap dirt and dust. If that surface space is completely full of debris, it will block airflow into the system - air that the system desperately needs to function well. If the filter looks dirty, swap it out for a new one.
Step 2: Check the Thermostat
A faulty compressor, trouble with the motor or a dirty coil can lead to a broken A/C. However, the simple act of setting the thermostat incorrectly can also make it seem like the air conditioner is failing when it isn’t. Check the thermostat’s settings. The setting should be lower than the indoor temperature reading in order for the A/C to cycle on. Also, make sure the thermostat is set to cool or auto, and not to heat.
Step 3: Call a Pro
There’s not much else homeowners can do to troubleshoot an A/C without having to access the internal components of the system. Most other problems that cause an A/C to break down involve mechanical elements, such as dirt on the motor or coils and a worn motor or compressor. If checking the filter and the thermostat don’t resolve the problem, you likely have a more significant mechanical issue that requires expert attention.
Don’t let a broken A/C ruin your summer. When the system fails, call Casteel to get help quickly.