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

October 07, 2015

The fluctuating weather in Moline can mean a number of things, from the changing seasons to flicking off the switch of your air conditioner for the chilly months. Of course, whole home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like cooperating. That doesn’t mean that you’re automatically destined for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner stops working or you notice it behaving weirdly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the team at J.L. Brady Company LLC 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 on their own, and could solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Set to be around room temperature
  • Working with a fresh 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 swap it out 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

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

  • Near the air conditioner itself and typically 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 flip it back to the On position.

4) Open all of your vents

A routine error among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this might 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 completed these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back in working order, it’s probably time to give us a ring. The team at J.L. Brady Company LLC in Moline are here to make sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 309-517-7511 to set up an appointment with us.