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

The changing weather in Orange County can mean a number of things, from the changing seasons to flipping off the switch of your air conditioner for the chilly months. Of course, total home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like cooperating. That doesn’t mean that you’re predestined for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner quits working or you notice it acting strangely, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the pros at Ocean Air Conditioning for AC repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call.

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic checks that homeowners can do on their own, and might solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Set to be around room temperature
  • Working with a new battery

2) Look at the air conditioner filter

Dirty filters can cause air conditioners to act weirdly, 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 exchange it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter diminishes your system’s efficiency and harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

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

  • Around the air conditioner itself and typically look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Identify the breaker that controls your air conditioner and find 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 may actually lead to a need for AC repair. Closing these vents could potentially cause your system to be less efficient and turn off because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve completed these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a shout. The pros at Ocean Air Conditioning in Orange County are here to ensure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 949-525-9119 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.