Our weather has been a bit up and down in recent weeks, but with this weekend bringing temperatures to the 80s, you may have turned on your air conditioner at least once. Ideally, when you turn on your AC for the first time during the cooling season, you won’t have any problems.
However, if you’ve noticed your air conditioner simply isn’t cooling, you’ll want to take care of this issue right away. Before you call for AC repairs, be sure to check out these common AC troubleshooting tips.
Check Thermostat Settings
Check your thermostat to ensure that it is on the right settings. Is it still in heating mode? Check the fan settings as well. You may have your fan on, which blows air into your home, but may not have the thermostat set to cool.
Check Your Air Filter
If your thermostat settings are correct but you still aren’t getting that cool airflow you desire, check your air filter. While air filters are designed to protect the inside components of your HVAC system, a dirty or clogged air filter can certainly have an effect on airflow.
A clogged air filter doesn’t allow your air conditioner to properly circulate the amount of cooled air needed through your home. We recommend you check and change your air filter at least every 3 months. However, if you have an excessive amount of contaminants in your air—such as pet dander or cigarette smoke—you may want to change it once a month.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
Debris such as mulch, grass, bushes, and tree branches can build up around the base, causing obstructions to the airflow. Maintenance is essential to a properly functioning air conditioning system. During your tune-up, your HVAC technician will clean all the components of your unit, including around the outdoor unit.
However, if you only have maintenance done once a year and never give much thought to your outdoor unit other than that, you could very well end up with a dirty and clogged outdoor unit. Be sure to remove any of this harmful debris, and then check to see if your air conditioner is working. If you’ve followed all of these steps and are still having problems, then it’s time to call on a professional.
For air conditioning repairs in Danville, CA, contact Comfy Heating & Air Conditioning today!