Air Conditioning Won’t Work? What Should You Do Next?
July, 8th, 2016
One of the most essential and convenient parts of a home is the HVAC unit. Unfortunately, it seems Upstate SC homeowners experience problems with their air conditioning units from the change in seasons, especially in the summer weather. If you are having problems with your air conditioning unit, we have some tips and tricks you can try to see if things will run better. If not, it’s best to call in the professionals to ensure you get your system back to normal.
Check the Thermostat
The first step to checking your air conditioning unit is making sure that your thermostat is set to “cool” and not “heat”. Next, you’ll want to turn the temperature setting 5 degrees below the current temperature. You will be able to automatically tell if your AC is working or not if your AC unit does (or does not) turn on after you set the temperature.
Check the Air Filter
A dirty air filter blocks air from returning to the air conditioning unit, furthermore reducing airflow over the coils. In order to prevent this, you’ll want to find the return vent and check the filter to see if it’s dirty. If it is dirty, change the filter out and try to remember that you need to change your filters every couple of months.
Check the Circuit Breakers
You AC unit may not be working because a circuit breaker tripped, preventing the system from being powered on. Circuit breakers can wear out over time so you need to check to make sure they don’t trip often. When figuring out if the circuit breaker is an issue, open your electrical panel and look for any tripped breakers. If you see a tripped breaker, turn it to the “off” position, and then turn that same breaker back to the “on” position. If it trips again, go ahead and call a professional for help.
Clear the Condensate Drain
When an air conditioner runs, condensation forms on the cold evaporator coil. The condensation evacuates out of your home through the condensate drain line. However, if the drain line gets clogged, then water overflows and a drain float switch will shut down your AC to prevent any water damage. If you fear this is an issue, locate a wet or dry vacuum, find the main condensate drain line outside your home, connect the vacuum’s hose to the drain line, and turn it on to allow any obstructions to get sucked out of the drain.
If you have tried all of these tips and you still can’t seem to get your air conditioning unit to work properly, go ahead and call us here at Corley! We have experienced professionals on hand ready to come out and take a look at your unit, talk with you about the issues you are experiencing and what action needs to be taken in order to prevent it from happening again, and let you know upfront the cost of the service, whether it’s for repair or outright replacement. You can reach us by phone at (864) 517-1251 or contact us online at any time just by clicking the banner below!