While 87% of all American homes use air conditioning, only 43% get annual maintenance on their AC unit. If you’re part of the group that has been putting off annual maintenance for a while, you run the risk of having air conditioner problems.
So, what do you do when the worst happens and you find yourself dealing with a broken air conditioner on one of the hottest days of the year? We’re here to help.
Keep reading to find out what to do when your air conditioner stops working.
Double-Check the Thermostat
When you’re experiencing problems with your air conditioner, it’s best to eliminate some of the simpler issues first. If you’re lucky, you just might find it only requires a simple fix!
Start by looking at your thermostat settings. Maybe someone accidentally switched the thermostat from the “automatic” option to “fan” so your air conditioner isn’t blowing out cold air as a result. In that case, all you need to do is change the setting back.
Replace the Air Filter
If the thermostat settings look normal, then you can attempt another simple fix by looking at the air filter. Is it full of dust and dirt? Has it been more than a few months since you last changed it? If so, this is a likely culprit for your AC issues.
Replace the filter with a clean one and set a reminder to change it every month or two. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option, you can even purchase reusable air filters that you can wash and replace.
Check the Condensation Drain
If the filter is also not the culprit, then you’ll have to dig a little deeper. When your air conditioner is working properly, it removes humidity from the air through the condensation drain hose.
Unfortunately, like any area exposed to water, the condensation drain is prone to mold and mildew growth. If too much builds up, it can cause a blockage in the line and your air conditioner will stop working properly.
Find the end of the condensation line and look for signs of a blockage. If it’s near the end of the line, you can clear it out by inserting something into the end, like a screwdriver. If it’s higher in the line, you’ll have to suction it out using a wet/dry vacuum.
Recognize When to Call a Professional
If the thermostat, filter, and condensation drain all seem to be okay, then you have a more serious issue on your hands. In that case, it’s best to call in a professional air conditioner repair company like Larsen Heating and Air.
This way, you can get a proper inspection and ask any questions you may have about your system. The company will be able to find and fix the issue so you can get back to feeling comfortable in your home.
What to Do When Your Air Conditioner Stops Working
After reading through this quick guide, you should feel more comfortable knowing what to do when your air conditioner stops working. Keep these tips in mind between your annual service appointments to help stay cool.
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