It is a hot summer day, and you look forward to enjoying your favourite book with your air conditioner switched on. Though you may be enjoying your book, after some time you notice that you are not actually enjoying yourself!
This is because you notice that the temperature in your house seems to be rising instead of dropping as it should with the AC on. When you check the thermostat, you notice that it’s showing 5 more degrees than it was set for.
This is when you go into a panic thinking about not only the inconvenience of a faulty air conditioner unit but also because it is time to repair the air conditioner! However, before you start panicking, and start calling your AC technician, there are some things you can check on your own and perhaps save money and discomfort!
Check the power supply
Checking your home’s power connection may seem to be the most obvious thing to do in this situation. However, unfortunately, many HVAC technicians have been called to handle an air conditioning outage only to find out that the entire home had no power!
Yes, if this is the same scenario in your house, it can be rather embarrassing and expensive for you as you have to pay the technician just for taking a time to come to your home and do nothing! So check your home’s power before doing anything else.
Air filters and batteries may need changing
You next need to check the air filters in the air conditioning unit as they can get dirty and clogged wherein you need to change the air filters on a regular basis. Most air filters need to be changed once in three months; but you may have to change it more frequently if there’s lots of smoke, pollution and dust in your vicinity. Not changing the air filters when needed may restrict the AC’s airflow to lead to the malfunctioning of your AC, and the need to repair the air conditioner.
Another silly mistake many homeowners make is failing to check the thermostat batteries when the room temperature increases. You will have to change the batteries if the thermostat’s display screen doesn’t light up.
Check the circuit breaker
One more thing you can do before calling in the technician to repair the air conditioner is to check the circuit breaker. Take a look at your home’s breaker box and if you find the breaker to the AC unit, or perhaps to the entire HVAC system seems to have tripped, it means the breaker needs resetting.
While it’s okay to reset the circuit breaker one time, if you find it tripping one more time, it means you will have to call an electrician to take a look at the problem. Remember, there is a reason for breakers to be designed to trip, and it’s mainly safety reasons.
Of course, if none of this seems to solve the problem, it means that you need to spend money to repair the air conditioner! You will have to call your AC technician to take a look at your air conditioner and diagnose its problem.