What To Check First When Your AC Goes Out

It can be very frustrating when you discover that your Eatonton home’s air conditioner is not working. You have no idea what to do or check to decide if there is a real problem or if the issue is something minor that you can correct. So calling in a professional becomes your only option. In some cases, the problem was a significant one that needed expert skills. But other times, the fix was as simple as flipping a switch. And that is when you feel like you didn’t get your money’s worth from the service call. And that is understandable. So below are a few items that you can check before you decide to call in an AC expert if your air conditioner suddenly stops functioning.

Check The Breaker

Your air conditioner should have dedicated circuit breakers in your electrical panel. Your first stop after discovering that the AC is not running should be this panel. Ensure that the AC breakers are in the active position, pointed toward the center of the electrical box. If the breaker points to the box’s exterior, reset them and then try turning on the AC once again.

This is a simple fix that could have been an issue with incoming power or a surge. However, if the AC breakers continue to trip, there is a more severe issue that needs the attention of your AC expert. Only reset the breakers once before a call to the pros for their expertise to ensure the safety of your home.

Check The Thermostat Batteries

If you have a digital thermostat, it requires batteries to function. Most digital thermostats will have a battery indicator on the display. Look for the low battery indicator. If there is no indicator on the screen for the battery, try replacing the battery to see if that restores the function of your AC system.

A Failed Digital Thermostat

If your thermostat is hardwired but is showing no display, the unit is no longer functioning. Replacing a thermostat is not a challenging task. However, if you are not interested in undertaking this DIY project, call (706) 813-3541 to schedule an appointment with Superior Heating and Air experts for a fully warrantied thermostat replacement.

You Still Have A Dial Thermostat

If your AC system still uses an old dial thermostat, it could have finally come to the end of its life. Or the unit could be wearing out and require a significant temperature change to activate the AC. Try turning the thermostat setting down several degrees to start the AC. If this works, understand that it is a short-term solution. The sensor is failing, and the entire thermostat needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Consider replacing it with a programmable model to increase your AC’s energy efficiency and lower your monthly utility bills to offset the cost of the new thermostat.

Check The Air Filter

Your home’s AC system needs proper airflow to function. If the AC air filter is clogged with dirt and dust, it could be preventing good airflow. Once the airflow is significantly reduced, the AC’s fail-safe with turn off the unit. It prevents catastrophic damage to the air conditioner. Inspect the air filter and replace it if it is covered in dirt. Try to restart the AC once the new filter is in place. If this corrects the issue, be sure to inspect the filter monthly to prevent further problems and damage to your air conditioner.

Call (706) 813-3541 for professional assistance if these tips do not solve your AC issues. The certified experts at Superior Heating and Air will provide you with a price quote for the necessary repairs.