We are in the middle of a heat wave Georgian Bay and “OH NO”, your central air stopped working! We have all been here before and no one likes being sticky and sweaty when trying to sleep at night. Don’t panic, here are some helpful tips for two common problems to get your air conditioning back up and working so you can be as cool as a cucumber again!
My A/C won’t turn on
There are a few different things to check if you find yourself in this situation.
Start at your main electrical panel to make sure the breaker hasn’t tripped or a fuse isn’t blown. If this is the reason, reset your breaker or replace your fuse. Should your breaker continue to trip or fuse to blown there is a good indication that there is a short in the system. At this point bringing an electrician or repair man in would be a good idea.
Check to ensure your thermostat is set to cool and is set below the room’s temperature.
Is the power on? There are a few different places you need to look at, the switch in the furnace or air handler, the outdoor condenser and the compressor’s 240 volt disconnect box.
Confirm that your thermostat is not faulty. If your thermostat is run on batteries, change those. If that doesn’t work you will have to dig deeper by testing the wiring inside the thermostat. Many helpful videos can be found online with step by step instructions for this. If you aren’t comfortable doing this be sure to call for help.
My A/C isn’t blowing cold air
Is your filter clean? If the filter in your furnace is clogged with debris and excess dust this will certainly slow and even stop the air from circulating. Changing your filter on a monthly basis can help prevent this problem.
Have a look at the outdoor unit. Sometimes you’ll find that grass, twigs or dirt have built up around your unit. Be sure to clear away all unwanted items that may be blocking the way.
The condenser coils are next. If there is any blockage on the coils, this certainly will prevent the air from being drawn in. You can take a hose or wire brush to fix this issue. Check out this easy to follow video for step by step instructions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvbA5JUOzLQ&t=160s
These are just a few basic tips to help you should you run into problems. Calling a professional may be your better and quicker option to get you cool and calm again!
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