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

October 07, 2015

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

When your air conditioner fails to work or you notice it operating strangely, there are four things you can check on before calling in the pros at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating for AC repair. Here are a few 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 could solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Tuned to be around room temperature
  • Utilizing a newer battery

2) Look at the air conditioner filter

Dirty filters can cause air conditioners to act erratically, making them shut down without notice and without making a sound. 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 inhibits airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

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

  • Near 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 determine if it is in the middle position or the Off position. If it is, cycle the breaker to Off and then re-set it back to the On position.

4) Open all of your vents

A routine mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for AC repair. Closing these vents may 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 call. The team at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating in Laguna Niguel are here to be sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 949-525-9119 to set up an appointment with us.