In Northwest Arkansas & having trouble with your AC? Read on.
Try these things first
Generally speaking, one of the first things most people do if their AC won't turn on or is blowing warm air is schedule a service call. What they should do though, is first run through the following basic troubleshooting steps to see if the issue is one that can be fixed for free.
1. Check your thermostat batteries. If your thermostat screen is blank or showing a battery symbol, there's a good chance bad batteries are your issue. Changing them out is simple: just take the thermostat unit off the wall and toss a couple fresh batteries in it. Note: Even if your thermostat screen is lit, you can still have bad batteries. They may have just enough power to turn the screen on, but not enough to flip the relays that actually do the work of telling your system to come on.
2. Check that your AC circuit breaker isn't tripped or off. More often than you'd think, AC issues can be traced back to the breaker box. To check, go to your breaker box and look for a switch labeled AC. If the switch is on the opposite side of all the other switches, flip it. Voilà — your issue should be fixed. If the switch is in the middle position, your circuit breaker tripped because of an electrical issue. Flipping it may fix the issue, but we always recommend getting someone out there to figure out what tripped it. If it trips again, you absolutely need to have a technician out because something is seriously wrong.
3. Check your filter. Sometimes filters get so dirty that they shut the overall heating and cooling system down. To rule that out, replace your old filter with a clean one (you can get them from Walmart for two to three bucks: make sure you get the right size!). If you've never changed yours before, first you need to locate it. Most are behind the big metal vent you see in your ceiling (usually a hallway). Here’s a typical one:
Once you find your return air vent, remove the grate and take out the filter. There should be some numbers on the side that tell you what size you need to buy. After buying a new one (Walmart & Amazon have them), place it in the grate with the arrow on the side facing up. Now just flip your AC circuit breaker off and then back on (see above) and cross your fingers!
If you're tried the above and still no luck
If all of the above fail, you can feel pretty confident you have a real issue. That doesn't necessarily mean the repair is going to be expensive, just that you'll need an HVAC technician to work on it.
For AC repairs in Northwest Arkansas, call Franklin at (479) 282-0003.
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