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Air Conditioner Troubleshooting Guide

Air conditioners are essential to keeping your home cool and comfortable, especially in the summer. When your AC breaks down, simply popping open a window or running a fan isn’t enough on a particularly hot summer day. 

The good news is that there are several instances where it is just a simple fix. While you may need air conditioning maintenance, below are some troubleshooting tips and solutions so you can get your AC back up and running.

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Troubleshooting Tips

  • Make sure the thermostat is set properly: Sometimes fixing the problem is as simple as learning to set the thermostat properly. If set incorrectly, your air conditioner may not work the way you want it to. You might have your thermostat set to heat instead of air conditioning. If this happens, you’ll likely have hot air coming out of your air conditioning vents. It’s easy to forget to make the switch when the seasons change. Double-check this before you assume that your AC unit is broken.
  • Check the thermostat batteries: Have you checked the batteries in your thermostat lately? If not, there is a good chance that the battery is dead. Without functioning batteries, the thermostat cannot communicate with the air conditioning unit. 
  • Replace the air filter: If the filter gets too dirty, the air cannot flow properly, your air conditioner won’t work as well or maybe at all. Air conditioners today are extremely sensitive to dirty air filters. If you can’t remember the last time you changed the filters, it’s time to change them. 
  • Check your circuit breaker: The next thing you can try is checking your circuit breaker. If the circuit breaker connected to the air conditioner has been tripped, you’ll need to reset it. 
  • Check the air vents: Make sure that all of your air ducts and vents are clear. If they get clogged by dust, dirt, or bugs, the air can’t flow properly; simply cleaning your air vents could be the answer to your problems. There may also be issues within the air ducts that you can’t see. Things like mold or vermin infestation can prevent your AC from working properly. 

When to Contact an HVAC Professional

While there are plenty of things you can do on your own to combat common problems with your air conditioner, there are several instances where you need to contact a professional. 

  • Strange noises coming from your AC: Is your air conditioner making loud banging, clanging, or other unfamiliar noises? If these sounds are coming from your air conditioner or vents, you likely have a serious problem. This is not something you can fix on your own, but an HVAC professional will understand the issue and find a solution. 
  • Issues with the outdoor unit: If your outdoor air conditioner unit is the problem, you should not try to fix this yourself. While changing your air filters and replacing batteries is perfectly fine for you to do on your own, fixing more complicated issues may void your warranty. For true maintenance issues, it’s best to contact a professional.
  • Improperly installed AC: If you’ve noticed that your air conditioner was not installed properly, you should call a professional to reinstall or fix it. 

Here are some additional A/C maintenance tips to follow.

Modern HVAC offers many air conditioning services and our heating and cooling experts are always here to help answer any of your questions. Whether you need an A/C installation or A/C replacement, our experts can walk you through your best option. Contact us today to get started.

Modern Sheet Metal provides furnace and air conditioner service, repair, replacement and installation throughout Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Darboy, Kimberly, Kaukauna and Greenville. Please call us at 920-733-4713 to discuss your residential or commercial heating & cooling needs!