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

The fluctuating weather in Thousand Oaks can mean a host of things, from the changing seasons to turning 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 helping us out. That doesn’t mean that you’re predestined for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner stops working or you notice it operating strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the team at Air Max HVAC Inc for AC repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call.

1) Check your thermostat

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

  • Set to “cool”
  • Set 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 erratically, making them shut down without notice and without making a sound. Air conditioner filters have been the cause for a lot of AC repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can change it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter decreases your system’s efficiency and reduces airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

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

  • Near the air conditioner itself and normally look like your regular light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Identify the breaker that controls your air conditioner and determine 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 unused rooms, but this might 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 completed 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 shout. The team at Air Max HVAC Inc in Thousand Oaks are here to ensure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 805-217-8662 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.