Be Smart about Emergency AC Repairs
It may not be your worst nightmare, but it’s pretty close: your Air Conditioning system breaks down at the most inopportune time.
Do you call for emergency repair? It’s natural to ponder whether you really need to spend the money to get a technician in right away… on a weekend, late at night, or just RIGHT NOW!?
Troubleshoot Your Problem Before You ‘Sound the Alarm’
Here are some tips to help you discern whether the answer to that question is a resounding ‘yes’ or if it’s ok to wait ‘til ‘office hours.’ But please note – it’s one thing to troubleshoot, but it is never a good idea to try to fix your air conditioning system yourself. Performing DIY repair on your system, perhaps based on something you watch or read on the Internet, can easily end up costing you more and may even put you in danger.
1. Troubleshooting Tips
- Basic Troubleshooting of anything that uses electricity is to “Check the Connections.”
- Is your HVAC system receiving power? Check to see if there is an outlet turned off, a tripped circuit breaker or many other scenarios. Make sure that your unit is receiving power before sounding the emergency alarm.
- Move onto the thermostat. It’s possible that your thermostat’s batteries are run down, or the unit is malfunctioning. It could also be that the temperature control selector is set below the current room temperature and that the system is switched to the AUTO position.
- Look for blockages. If air is blocked at the register, or by dirty air filters, this could be a factor in the problem. Make sure your air filters are clear and that all your air registers are open and not obstructed.
- Go outside to check your condenser. Is it making noises? If so turn it off right away! (there will be a disconnect switch on the wall near the outside unit). This can help prevent even more damage. This would not be a quick fix, but you can at least identify whether there is a problem or not by examining your condenser and looking for damage or obstructions.
2. Shut it down
- If your HVAC system is still not working properly turn it off. You do not want to have a HVAC unit continue to run if there is an issue with your system, as this could make the problem worse. You can shut down the entire system using the main circuit breaker for the air conditioning.
3: Get Help from a professional HVAC Technician
- After troubleshooting, even if there are no visible signs of a problem, pick up the phone and call Custom Climate Concepts at 941-955-COOL (2665). The trouble may only be detectable by a skilled professional. For example there could be refrigerant issues, including a leak or poor charge; drainage issues, including clogs in condensate drain lines; a faulty compressor fan; or iced evaporator or condenser coils.
Hesitating long enough to troubleshoot your AC problem may be a good idea and save you from emergency service – especially if it’s cool enough outside to go without air conditioning. But even if it is clear you need emergency service, your investigations will probably help us diagnose the problem quicker!