Posted on: 15 January 2016
Air conditioning systems provide you with the nice cool air you crave during the warm summer months. While you expect your system to work when you turn it on, that isn't always the case. There are a lot of intricate components that come together to make the system work properly. If your system isn't turning on and you aren't sure what might be going on, here are a couple of things you can check before calling in the pros. They can save you money, time and a lot of hassle of having to go without any cool air.
Does the house have power?
While this might seem fairly obvious, air conditioning service professionals get calls each year from homeowners who thought there was a problem with their air conditioning system only to find out that the whole neighborhood had no power. Not only can this be embarrassing for the homeowner, but it can be quite costly as well. Who wants to pay for a service call when there is nothing the technician can do until the power is restored to the neighborhood?
Is the air filter dirty?
Your air conditioning system needs proper airflow for it to work properly. When the air filter gets clogged with dirt, dust, debris and other contaminants, it prevents the air from being able to get through the system properly. Not changing the filter out on a regular basis could end up causing your air conditioning unit to malfunction and break down. This will end up in far costlier repairs than simply changing out the air filter every month or two. It only takes a few minutes to pull the old air filter out and see if it needs to be changed, but it will be well worth it in the end.
Are the drain line and condensation pump clear?
Oftentimes, air conditioning units are equipped with a safety switch that prevents them from operating if there is a chance that water could end up leaking inside of your home and ruining the floors and ceilings. Look to see if there is any water inside of the pan underneath of your unit. This will alert you to a possible clog. If the pan is full, simply empty it out and flush out your drain line to get your unit back up and running quickly.
If you are ever in doubt about what might be going on or don't want to attempt any of these simple fixes on your own, turn to a licensed air conditioning specialist for help.Share