Friday, July 19, 2019

AC Unit Not Working? Simple Fixes to Try BEFORE Calling a Professional

It is now mid-summer, and you are probably running your air conditioner frequently.  The last thing you want to deal with during the heat of summer at the Lake of the Ozarks is a broken AC unit.  Before you call the best AC repair company at the Lake of the Ozarks, you may want to try a few simple fixes.  Royal Heating & Air has created a list of things you can try BEFORE calling a professional if your AC isn’t working properly this summer.

1. Is there Electrical Power to the House?

This may sound silly, but before bringing in a professional, make sure you double-check that all electrical is working properly in your home.  You would hate to call in your local HVAC company just to find out that the house or even neighborhood is temporarily lacking power.

2. Replace Broken Fuses

Along the same lines as checking electrical power, check if you have any broken fuses.  Broken or blown fuses are often the cause of air conditioning units not working.  Fixing these fuses is fairly simple, as standard sizes are available at most local hardware stores.

3. Check Your Thermostat

First, double-check the batteries in your thermostat, and make sure the thermostat is working properly.  If your AC unit isn’t turning on, try turning the thermostat down 5 – 10 degrees to see if that helps.  Sometimes your AC unit works fine, and the thermostat is the one that is acting up.  Make sure you thoroughly read the manual and use the troubleshooting methods it suggests.

4. Replace the Filter

Make sure the filter is clean.  If it is not, replacing it may fix your issues.  Royal Heating & Air suggests checking your filter every month and changing it as necessary.  If you have pets, you may need to change your filter more frequently.  If your system has a primary and secondary filter, do not forget to check both.  If your AC stays on longer than it should, it may just be a matter of a dirty air filter.  The same goes for if the AC unit is not blowing cool air, or not blowing much air.  Make sure your filters are clean and installed properly.

5. Clean Your Unit

If your AC unit turns on, but it is not cooling properly, go outside and see if the area around the unit is clean.  Make sure there is no debris or weeds blocking the air circulation.  Allow at least three feet of clear space around the AC unit.  Check all spaces to make sure there are no nests being formed or leaves blocking anything.  If your outdoor unit is clogged with dirt or other debris, you won’t get proper airflow.

6. Clean Air Ducts & Ensure Vents are all Open

Again, it may sound silly, but check ALL air vents in the home and make sure they are open - If even one of them is closed, it can make cooling your entire home more difficult.  Air ducts are prone to getting dusty and sometimes they get clogged, which restricts their ability to ventilate fresh air, so make sure you clean them thoroughly.  Also, sometimes the seams in the ducts leak the cool air.  If you come across any breaks, you may need to fill them with caulk.

7. Reset the AC Unit

Reset switches shut off the AC if there is a voltage issue.  In many units, the switch is manual control, which means you need to push the button again to get the AC unit working again.  Most reset switches are a red button that requires some effort to push.  Make sure to check the switch on the indoor unit as well as the disconnect switch to the outdoor unit.

Fix Your AC Unit with Royal Heating & Air

If these simple tricks don’t work, call the best AC repair company at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Don’t wait until your AC unit is not working to do regular maintenance.  Check your filters once a month and routinely make sure there is no debris surrounding the outside unit.  If your unit needs professional repair, call Royal Heating & Air today at 573-480-4313.

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