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

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The shifting weather in Lexington can mean a number of things, from the changing seasons to flicking off the switch of your air conditioner for the cooler months. Of course, complete home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like doing that. That doesn’t mean that you’re automatically destined for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner stops working or you notice it operating strangely, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the experts at Kelley Mechanical for AC repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout.

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic checks that homeowners can do independently, and may solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Programmed 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 quite a few AC repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can swap it out 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

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

  • Around the air conditioner itself and normally look like your everyday 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 blunder among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied 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 shut down 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 Kelley Mechanical in Lexington are here to make sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 859-209-3003 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.

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