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Run Through This Checklist Before Calling for AC Repair

Your air conditioner isn’t behaving, but before you jump to the phone and make a call, let’s walk through a few things you can check to see if it’s an easily fixable problem or not. Either way, we’re here for air conditioning repair in Tampa, but if you can fix your problem and save a few bucks in the process, then why not? Here’s what you need to do.

1. Check Your Thermostat

This is the first step because it’s actually overlooked quite a bit. Check your thermostat and make sure it’s on the right mode and temperature setting. We’ve all experienced the accidental switch to heating instead of cooling, or changed the temperature by mistake. Double check all your thermostat settings before you rush to the phone to call for a repair technician.

2. Pop in a New Air Filter

Because air conditioners are forced-air systems, they need a good, healthy intake of air to be able to function properly. A clogged air conditioner filter may sound like a small problem, but it impacts every single part of the system. It can even lead to your condenser coils freezing up, which becomes an even bigger problem down the line. Put a new filter in, and give it a little bit of time. If the old filter was really dirty and thick with dust, that’s a good indicator that the filter is the likely culprit.

3. Open the Vents

Check your vents throughout each room in your home. If they’re closed or obstructed for any reason, they’re not going to let that delivery of crisp, cool air fill up the room. If your vents are fine and you can even feel some airflow (from the blower fan), then that’s not the issue. But it’s good that you checked anyway.

4. Check Your Circuit Breaker

Your circuit breaker has switches that control the flow of electricity to different areas in your home. It’s not on an outlet-by-outlet basis, but think of it like a zone where multiple outlets or hardwired devices can be hooked up to at the same time.

Check the labels and find the one that’s marked for your air conditioner. If the switch (which may look like two switches bridged together by a strip of metal) is in the opposite direction of all the other switches, it might have been tripped. Flip it, see if the AC kicks on, and if so, that’s all settled. If this becomes a frequent problem, you might need electrical repair.

Hopefully That Worked, But if Not…

That’s why we’re here. If you need AC repairs, and this checklist didn’t fix the problem at its core, you have us to help you figure out what’s actually gone wrong with your air conditioner. We deal with these things every single day—we’ll figure out the problem as quickly as possible, and deliver a fix that has you back in comfort before you know it.

Contact us today to schedule your AC repair as soon as possible.

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