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

The fluctuating weather in Laguna Hills can mean a number of things, from the changing seasons to flicking off the switch of your air conditioner for the cooler months. Of course, complete 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 headed for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner quits working or you notice it behaving weirdly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the experts at White Mechanical, Inc. for AC repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a ring.

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic checks that homeowners can do themselves, and may solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Programmed to be around room temperature
  • Using 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 noise. Air conditioner filters have been the cause for many AC repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can change it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter lowers your system’s efficiency and reduces airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

The majority of the time, switches to your air conditioner are found:

  • Around the air conditioner itself and usually look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint 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 routine mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied 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 shut down because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve tried these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a call. The pros at White Mechanical, Inc. in Laguna Hills are here to ensure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 949-716-8379 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.