There are few things as upsetting as discovering that you have a problem with your home’s AC unit. And your worry only increases when you think of the cost of an AC repair and how long it might take to get a licensed professional to your home. But many of your worries can be put to rest when you call the pros at Action Air & Plumbing to schedule a service call. We have team members answering calls 24/7 at 806-583-3558. And here are a few tips for homeowners who are having AC issues and even prevent some AC failures.
A Word About Filters
AC filters are more important than you might think. Not only do they help to remove debris and dust from the air that you breathe, but they clean the air that is going into your AC unit. And when these filters become clogged with dirt, your AC unit is forced to work harder to move cooled air through your home. A filthy air filter can restrict the airflow so much that your AC shuts down. So if you discover that your unit is not working, try removing the filter and cleaning it or simply installing a new filter. This easy process can save you the cost of a service call and help to reduce the wear and tear on your air conditioner. Check the label on the filters that you are using to see how often the manufacturer recommends replacing the disposable filters or cleaning the reusable ones. And use that as a guideline for your maintenance schedule. If you find that your filter is still excessively dirty after the recommended replacement timeframe, check the filter more frequently and replace it as needed.
Check For Leaking Or Ice At Your AC
If your AC is leaking water, the issue could be a simple as a clog in the condensation drain. Cleaning that pipe could solve your problem and prevent future damage to your air conditioner and your home. If you discover ice build-up in your AC, then you have an issue with the airflow in the unit. Cold air is being trapped inside the AC and freezing the condensed water. The airflow issue could be attributed to a dirty or clogged air filter, or it could be a more serious issue. If a new air filter does not solve the problem, then make a call to 806-583-3558 to schedule an appointment with a Action Air & Plumbing professional.
Raise The Thermostat
When you discover your AC is not working as well as it had in the past, your first instinct is to lower the thermostat. This line of thinking makes sense to many people as you want to force the AC unit to work harder to achieve the temperature that you desire. But the fact is that you should turn the thermostat up a little bit to relieve the stress on your AC unit. This is not a fix for the issue. But it can improve the units function enough to keep you relatively comfortable until a Action Air & Plumbing repair professional arrives at your home to fix your air conditioning. Remember, a little AC is better than no AC.
Check The Power Source
Your AC unit is powered by electricity. So if you have inspected your air conditioning equipment and it looks to be in good condition, the issue could be with your electricity. Take a moment to check the breaker or fuse on your AC circuit. If the breaker is tripped, reset it and see if that corrects the problem. Likewise, replace any blown fuse that you might find. Even if you can get your AC running, it is still a good idea to schedule an appointment with a Action Air & Plumbing professional to determine if there is a reason for the tripped breaker and to make sure that the unit is operating correctly and safely.
Just like every mechanical system in your home, your air conditioning is going to require some regular maintenance and care to continue functioning at its best. Many of the basic cleaning processes can be added to your monthly DIY chore list if you are familiar and comfortable with these tasks. However, if you are not able to do them yourself, it is a very wise choice to call us to schedule the service from a Action Air & Plumbing pro. The small amount you invest in regular maintenance will help to prevent costly repair bills and days without the comfort of cool air in your home. And when your AC fails, call 806-583-3558 for same-day service. We are here 24/7 to take your call and help in any way that we can.