Troubleshoot AC Problems Yourself!

If it feels like your air conditioning system isn’t running quite up to par, before calling in an Sarasota AC expert you could check a few things on your own. These do-it-yourself troubleshooting tips might help save you some money and time.

HVAC DIY Troubleshooting Checklist
Air FilterInspect, clean or change air filters once a month to prevent an increase in energy costs or potential damage to equipment.
ThermostatCheck the thermostat batteries (if any) and replace them if they are weak or dead. Ensure the thermostat is set to "Cool" or "cooling" and that the fan is set to "auto."
Outdoor AC UnitRemove fallen branches, leaves and debris from the top of the AC unit and clear the area around the unit for at least 2 feet.
Refrigerant LevelsFind the two copper lines that go into the condenser (outdoor unit). The larger one is covered in insulation (usually black) and should be sweating and cold to the touch. If not you may be low on refrigerant.

However, there are problems that are better left to the experts. If you’ve followed the troubleshooting checklist and still have Air Conditioning problems like those in the checklist below, call Custom Climate Concepts at 941-955-COOL (2665).

When to Call an AC Expert to fix Your Air Conditioner
ThermostatWhen the adjusting the thermostat doesn't seem to work OR the thermostat with fresh batteries is off or flashing it may need to be repaired, replaced or have the connections to the AC Unit checked.
Outdoor AC UnitIf you see signs of any leaks (excluding the condensate drain), or it appears dirty it is time for to call us for AC Maintenance.
Refrigerant LevelsOnly a licensed HVAC contractor should refill the refrigerate in an AC unit. A good contractor will determine the cause of the low refrigerant to resolve the problem.

Air Conditioner Repairman giving thumbs up signal