Summers in South Austin, Texas can be rough, but it can get even worse when your air conditioner breaks down or begins making an odd noise. Don’t panic! Many homeowners don’t possess a vast knowledge of HVAC systems, so that’s why ATX Air is here to give you the knowledge to know when and how to fix common issues without the use of a professional technician and added service fee.
Issue 1: Your AC Won’t Turn On
If turning on your AC is your issue, there are three main things you can troubleshoot before contacting a professional. The first and most common issue may lie within your thermostat settings or your thermostat power. Check either the batteries or the breaker to ensure power is properly getting through. Make sure your thermostat is on COOLING mode and that the temperature is set to trigger the cooling process within your home. Once the thermostat is checked and your AC still won’t turn on, check that power is getting to your unit. Be sure to check the exterior unit and the breaker as well. Lastly, ensure that your air filter is not clogged and remember to replace them monthly in order to avoid insufficient airflow.
Issue 2: The Air Coming Out Isn’t Cool
If your air conditioner is running smoothly, yet the air that’s blowing out isn’t cool, it’s best to check elements that may be restricting proper airflow. Over time, your air filter will collect dirt, dust, pet hair and debris and it is imperative to replace it monthly or clean it according to the manufacturer’s standards. With the same logic, you may have a blocked or dirty condenser. If there are no restrictions on airflow, you may have an issue with your compressor or refrigerant levels, where you will have to contact a technician in this case.
Issue 3: Your AC Isn’t Cooling Properly
If your system is on and cooling, but your AC isn’t cooling your home just right, you may want to try pulling down the shades of your house. If this doesn’t work, it may be because your unit isn’t appropriately sized for your home, a frozen evaporator coil, or an issue with the charge. In these situations, it’s best to contact a professional to receive a proper diagnosis.
If these quick fixes still isn’t resolving it, contact a pro HVAC technician at ATX Air – we offer a free diagnostic with repair! Call us today at (512) 574-8170 and let us help you have a cool and headache-free Texas summer.