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

The fluctuating weather in West Palm Beach can mean a host of things, from the changing seasons to flipping off the switch of your air conditioner for the chilly months. Of course, whole 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 couple things you can check on before calling in the pros at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. for AC repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call.

1) Check your thermostat

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

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

2) Look at the air conditioner filter

Dirty filters can cause air conditioners to act weirdly, making them shut down without notice and without making a peep. 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 swap it out yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter decreases your system’s efficiency and inhibits airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

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

  • Close to the air conditioner itself and normally look like your stereotypical 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 re-set 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 may actually lead to a need for AC repair. Closing these vents may potentially cause your system to be less efficient and shut down because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve tried these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back in working order, it’s probably time to give us a call. The pros at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. in West Palm Beach are here to ensure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 561-656-4255 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.