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

October 07, 2015

The fluctuating weather in Muskogee can mean a variety of things, from the changing seasons to flipping off the switch of your air conditioner for the cooler months. Of course, complete 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 quits working or you notice it operating weirdly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the team at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. for AC repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a ring.

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic checks that homeowners can do themselves, and could solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Set to be around room temperature
  • Using a fresh battery

2) Look at the air conditioner filter

Dirty filters can cause air conditioners to act out of the ordinary, making them shut down without notice and without making a noise. Air conditioner filters have been the cause for many 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 decreases your system’s efficiency and reduces airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

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

  • Around the air conditioner itself and normally look like your everyday light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find the breaker that controls your air conditioner and find out 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 error among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for AC repair. Closing these vents can potentially cause your system to be less efficient and turn off because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve tried these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a shout. The experts at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. in Muskogee are here to ensure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 918-682-8238 to set up an appointment with us.