Let’s face it — as a homeowner, there are few things more frustrating than your air conditioning system malfunctioning. But before you call your AC technician, make sure the issue isn’t something you can remedy yourself. Here are six things to check for before calling your AC tech.
1. Check and Replace Air Filters
If your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home efficiently, the first thing you should is the check and replace the air filters. A dirty is often the source of air conditioning system functioning inefficiently. Pick up some clean air filters, replace the old ones, and make sure to make the a monthly habit!
2. Check Your Thermostat
Check the settings to ensure the temperature and auto/on choices are set to your desired comfort level. Also check to see if your thermostat operates using a battery. If so, batteries may need to be changed. Look for a flashing indicator or consult the manufacturer’s user manual to determine where and how to replace the batteries. Often times, dirt, dust and grime can collect behind the face of your thermostat. Remove the faceplate and clean any debris with a can of compressed air, but be careful to spray the can at a distance so as not to damage any fragile parts.
3. Ensure Your Air Conditioning Is Powered On
This may seem like a no-brainer, but often times, homeowners schedule an appointment with an AC technician only to find that their air conditioner is simply powered off. Check the switches located near your outdoor compressor as well as by the indoor air handler. Also make sure your AC unit is receiving power by checking fuses and circuit breakers before placing a call to your AC tech.
4. Clear the Space Around Outdoor AC Unit
Take a look at the condenser unit of your AC. Is the surrounding area full of overgrown grass or being obstructed by anything? Things like leaves, twigs and overgrown grass in particular can impede your AC from functioning efficiently.
5. Inspect and Clean the Condensate Drain Line
The condensate drain works to remove excess water that forms inside of your air conditioner, but overtime, the drain can become clogged. This can cause your AC to function inefficiently, but fortunately, unclogging the condensate drain is an easy task you can do yourself. Check out these great resources on how to clean your condensate drain line yourself from the Blair’s Air blog:
How to Use Vinegar to Clean Your AC’s Condensate Drain Line
How to Unclog Your AC Condensate Line
3 Reasons You Should Keep Your AC Drain Line Clean
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