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

The shifting weather in Brea can mean a variety of things, from the changing seasons to turning off the switch of your air conditioner for the colder months. Of course, whole 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 headed for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner stops working or you notice it operating weirdly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the pros at Econo 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 easiest checks that homeowners can do themselves, and could solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Set to be around room temperature
  • Utilizing a new battery

2) Look at the air conditioner filter

Dirty filters can cause air conditioners to act erratically, 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 exchange it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter lowers your system’s efficiency and harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

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

  • Close to the air conditioner itself and usually look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find the breaker that controls your air conditioner and determine 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 may actually lead to a need for AC repair. Closing these vents may potentially cause your system to be less efficient and stop working because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve done these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back up and running, it’s probably time to give us a shout. The team at Econo Air in Brea are here to be sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 714-695-6661 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.