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

The shifting weather in Pinellas County can mean a number of things, from the changing seasons to turning off the switch of your air conditioner for the chilly months. Of course, total 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 predestined for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner stops working or you notice it operating strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the team at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc for AC repair. Here are four 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 may solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Tuned to be around room temperature
  • Working with a newer 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 sound. 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 harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

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

  • Near the air conditioner itself and normally look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find the breaker that controls your air conditioner and figure out if it is in the middle position or the Off position. If it is, cycle the breaker to Off and then flip it back to the On position.

4) Open all of your vents

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

If you’ve completed 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 shout. The team at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Pinellas County are here to make sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 727-398-5515 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.