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Heating and Cooling Repair – Know the Basics Before Calling a Tech

Your home’s heating and cooling system has to be at its best at all times for the temperature in your home to be comfortable. If your home is too hot or too cold, this could lead to health issues for your loved ones. The wrong temperatures can also affect the plants in your home.  At the very least, an HVAC issue can be irritating and make it virtually impossible to feel at ease. Here are a few ways to know if your heating or cooling system needs to be repaired, as well as some suggestions for keeping the system functioning at its best.

The AC Won’t Come On

If your area has just experienced a terrible storm and your air conditioner won’t come on, this is likely an electrical issue. Electric power could be limited after harsh weather or a regional power outage. If your AC still won’t turn on after your power has been restored, there are a few steps you can try before calling a technician.

Turn the Thermostat Off

One of the first ways to troubleshoot your AC unit and try to get it to work until a technician comes is to turn the thermostat off. While the unit is off, reset the circuit breaker. The circuit breaker could have tripped if there was a power surge. The breaker is normally located in the basement or garage. Search the circuit breaker for the HVAC or air conditioning labels to ensure you’re flipping the correct switch.

Wait for about half an hour and then check the temperature of your home. The air conditioner needs this approximate amount of time to reset the circuit breaker, so make sure the unit stays off during the entire 30 minutes. After this period of time, turn the thermostat to the cool setting. Your AC should come on normally at this point. If not, it’s time to call a technician.

The Air Isn’t Cool Enough

If your AC comes on but the air coming from the unit isn’t cooling your home, your air filter may need to be changed. Over time, the air filters can be clogged with pet hair and dust. This causes the air conditioner not to work as well as it should. Change your air filters and pay attention to how quickly your home cools down. This is a quick fix to a major issue and could help you avoid getting costly AC repairs in the future.

One Room Is Warmer Than The Others

If one room in your house is hot and the others are cool, check to make sure your air conditioning unit is working properly. If the room has large windows, it’s easy for sunlight to come through the room and naturally heat the area. Planting shrubs outside the window or using blinds or curtains can help reduce the sunlight and make the room cooler. After you’ve tried these things and still notice that room hasn’t cooled down, you should ask an HVAC expert to take a look at the air conditioner for you.