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

The changing weather in Albuquerque can mean a host of things, from the changing seasons to turning off the switch of your air conditioner for the colder 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 headed 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 Desert Suns Heating & Cooling for AC repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a ring.

1) Check your thermostat

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

  • Set to “cool”
  • Tuned 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 lowers 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:

  • Close to the air conditioner itself and normally look like your stereotypical 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 switch it back to the On position.

4) Open all of your vents

A typical mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for AC repair. Closing these vents can potentially cause your system to be less efficient and stop working because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve tried 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 ring. The experts at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling in Albuquerque are here to ensure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 505-994-9176 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.