These 5 simple checks will save you time, money and frustration and prevent unneeded A/C repair service calls.
Let's face it; when your air conditioning stops working here in the hot and humid Orlando climate, your blood pressure can step up a few points. Then, you have to worry about who to call, how much it will cost, and how long will it take.
Hopefully, by taking these 5 quick steps you may avoid all the hassle:
1) Check your air filter
Your air filter is the lifeline of your entire air conditioning system and should be cleaned or replaced regularly. But, it is easy to neglect it as many of us often do. If the filter is not properly maintained, it can quickly block the airflow into your home.
Sometimes air filters become dislodged and cause the system to shut down. Check and be sure it is clean and sitting within it's rack properly.
2) Do you have power to your home?
Believe it or not, this happens more often than you think. Check and make sure other appliances are powered up before you panic. Certainly no need for A/C repair in this case!
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3) Check the batteries in the thermostat
If the A/C system thermostat display appears blank, check to see if it has batteries, (some do, some don't). If so, change the batteries and see if that helps.
4) Has the circuit breaker for the system tripped?
Go to your main circuit panel(s) (there can be more than one) and look for breakers marked "ac unit" or "indoor unit, "furnace", anything that indicates it is part of your air conditioning or heating system.
Normally, you will have a breaker for the outdoor air conditioning unit and one for the indoor heating unit or "air handler". If the breaker for the indoor heating unit trips, it will disable the entire system. Hopefully, the electrician who wired up your AC system complied with the Orlando area code requirements and properly marked all of your circuits.
Check both circuit breakers in the breaker box. If either is "tripped", turn them off, then turn them right back on. Remember that a tripped breaker can indicate a mechanical or electrical problem so if it trips again, call for service.
5) Check to see if a condensation backup has caused the "float switch" to shut the system down
Your air conditioner removes humidity from your home via a line that drains to the exterior. Most A/C systems have a water safety float switch on the indoor unit to stop them from operating if the condensate water drain ever backs up. This helps prevents water damage to the interior of your home.
Go to your indoor indoor and look for a white PVC drain (perhaps covered in a black, spongy protective insulator) connected to the front of the unit, near the bottom. Look for the float switch and see if you can reset it. There should be an "arm" that you can lift and hold for 60 seconds to re-set the switch.
But be careful, because if the drain line is backed up and full of water, it will simply shut the system down again in a few minutes. This float switch re-set will buy you a few minutes until you can get the drain line properly cleaned by an A/C repair technician.
Hopefully, these 5 tips will help you avoid preventable A/C repair service calls.
Did I miss anything?
Let me know in the comments below if you have another method that helped you get your Orlando A/C system up and running without an unneeded service call.