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How to Troubleshoot Your Home’s Air Conditioner

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Few things can cause you to lose your cool faster than an air conditioner malfunction. Luckily, not all problems require professional help; here are a few things you can do on your own to troubleshoot your air conditioner.

If your air conditioner isn’t turning on…

  • Make sure it is plugged in. It is very possible that your air conditioner could have simply come unplugged. The first thing you should do is make sure your A/C is securely connected to your electrical outlet.

  • Check that your outlet is receiving power. If your air conditioner is plugged in, you want to check that the receptacle is receiving power. You can do this by checking your circuit box for a tripped switch, or plugging another device into the same outlet to see if it works.

  • Lower the thermostat. Your air conditioner might be receiving power, but the thermostat is set too high for it to turn on. Lowering the thermostat by five degrees could force the unit to kick on.

If your air conditioner is on, but the air isn’t cold…

  • Check the air filter. A dirty air filter could be what is preventing your A/C from producing cold air. If your air filter is dirty, simply replace it with a new one, or thoroughly clean it off and replace it.

  • Adjust the thermostat. A thermostat set to 75 degrees will not produce air as cold as if it was set to 65 degrees. Lower your thermostat and see if it affects the temperature of the air coming out.

  • Vacuum the condenser coils. Condenser coils are responsible for releasing excess heat to keep your A/C running smoothly. Dirty coils can not only increase wear and tear and your unit, they can also prevent it from producing cold air.

Gone through all the steps above with nothing to show for it? It’s time to call in the professionals. Residents of Colorado can depend on the home cooling experts at Patterson Plumbing for all of their air conditioning needs. If you live in Pueblo County, or the surrounding area, give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

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