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

The shifting weather in Paso Robles 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 helping us out. That doesn’t mean that you’re headed for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner fails to work or you notice it acting weirdly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the experts at Paso Robles Heating and Air for AC repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call.

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the simplest checks that homeowners can do themselves, and might solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Programmed to be around room temperature
  • Using a newer 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 a lot of AC repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can exchange it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter decreases your system’s efficiency and harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

The majority of the time, switches to your air conditioner are found:

  • Close to the air conditioner itself and normally look like your regular 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 switch 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 could 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air in Paso Robles are here to be sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 805-238-7553 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.