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

The changing weather in Buellton can mean a host of things, from the changing seasons to flicking off the switch of your air conditioner for the colder 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 predestined for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner fails to work or you notice it operating strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the team at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning for AC repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout.

1) Check your thermostat

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

  • Set to “cool”
  • Programmed 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 out of the ordinary, making them shut down without notice and without making a peep. 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 exchange it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter diminishes your system’s efficiency and reduces airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

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

  • Around the air conditioner itself and usually look like your regular light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint the breaker that controls your air conditioner and figure out 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 typical error among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied rooms, but this could 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 done these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back up and running, it’s probably time to give us a ring. The team at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning in Buellton are here to make sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 805-688-4018 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.