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

The shifting weather in Irvine can mean a variety of things, from the changing seasons to flipping off the switch of your air conditioner for the cooler months. Of course, complete 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 automatically destined for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner quits working or you notice it behaving oddly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the pros at True Home Heating and Air Conditioning for AC repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout.

1) Check your thermostat

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

  • Set to “cool”
  • Tuned to be around room temperature
  • Utilizing a fresh 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 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 exchange 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

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

  • Around the air conditioner itself and usually look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint 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 switch it back to the On position.

4) Open all of your vents

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

If you’ve tried these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a shout. The team at True Home Heating and Air Conditioning in Irvine are here to make sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 949-258-7259 to set up an appointment with us.

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