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

The shifting weather in Tucson can mean a variety of things, from the changing seasons to turning off the switch of your air conditioner for the colder months. Of course, complete home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like doing that. That doesn’t mean that you’re headed for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner quits working or you notice it behaving oddly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the pros at Ambient Air for AC repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call.

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the easiest checks that homeowners can do independently, and could solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Programmed to be around room temperature
  • Working with a new battery

2) Look at the air conditioner filter

Dirty filters can cause air conditioners to act out of the ordinary, making them shut down without notice and without making a peep. Air conditioner filters have been the cause for a lot of AC repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can swap it out yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter decreases your system’s efficiency and reduces airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

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

  • Close to the air conditioner itself and typically look like your regular light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Identify 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 re-set it back to the On position.

4) Open all of your vents

A common blunder among homeowners is to close vents in vacant 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 in working order, it’s probably time to give us a call. The experts at Ambient Air in Tucson are here to be sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 520-201-3871 to set up an appointment with us.

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