3 Simple Things To Check On Your Air Conditioner Before Calling A Service Technician

Posted on: 8 June 2016

As summer heats up, you will likely be using your air conditioner more often and more intensely. Although this can lead to problems with your air conditioner that can cause your air conditioner to stop working, there are several simple things that you can check to make sure that your unit is actually broken and not simply set to the wrong setting. Although these things may seem simple, checking them can make sure you avoid an unnecessary and potentially embarrassing service call. 

Make Sure the Unit Is Set to Cool 

Most air conditioning units have at least three settings: heat, cool, and off. If your unit is switched off or to the heat mode, it will not operate in hot weather. While this may be simple for some machines, machines that have remote controls often have complicated icons used to represent the various modes, and there are often more than three settings. If you have one of these more complex systems, you should check your manual to make sure that the remote control has been set to the cool setting. 

Make Sure the Thermostat Is Adjusted Appropriately 

Many people turn their thermostat up during the night to save on cooling costs, and then forget to turn the thermostat back down in the morning when they want to run the air conditioner. Similarly, a family member may have adjusted the thermostat without your knowledge. Before calling a service technician, make sure that your thermostat is set a few degrees below the current room temperature. If the thermostat is set too high, the air conditioner will not get the message that it is time to turn on and cool your home. 

Make Sure the Power Supply to Your Unit Is Not Interrupted 

You should make sure that the power supply is reaching your unit. Begin by checking on the unit. You should check that the on/off switch is set to "on" and that no safety switches have been tripped. Your manual should tell you where each of the safety switches are located on your machine. You should then make sure that the unit is plugged in and that the circuit breaker associated with the unit has not been tripped. If power is not getting to your unit, your unit will not function. However, if the problem is outside of your unit, such as a blown circuit breaker, you should call an electrician as opposed to a service technician. 

Checking these three basic things will ensure you are not making a simple operating mistake before you call your service technician. Contact a company like D & R Service Inc for more information.


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