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Air Conditioner Troubleshooting: Fixes To Try When Your Cooling System Isn’t Cooperating

Posted on: September 19th, 2012 by Jason Connell

air conditioner troubleshooting arlington fort worth texasIf you’ve come in after work to find your home warmer and steamier than it should be with the A/C on the job, your first thought will probably be to call your Fort Worth/Arlington-area HVAC repair company for help. However, if you call for service after hours, you’ll get charged overtime rates. So what to do, sweat it out until morning or pay more? Fortunately there is a third option in situations like these. You can learn a little about DIY air conditioner troubleshooting so that you’ll know a few simple fixes to try when your cooling system isn’t cooperating.

Starting with the simple things is the way to go with air conditioning troubleshooting. Check your thermostat to make sure it hasn’t been accidentally set to off rather than cool, or set to a higher temperature than usual. Check your homes circuit breakers to see if any have been tripped, cutting off power to the system. If so, flip them back on. If they trip again, the system may have damaged wiring or electrical connections.

If those items aren’t your problem, look into simple maintenance tasks. Has your air filter been checked lately? If it has been a month or more since it has been changed, check it for excessive dirt that might be clogging up the works. Has your outdoor unit been cleaned this year? Check for weeds and debris around it that could restrict airflow. If the coils look dirty, turn off power to the system and wash them with a water hose.

Look for ice on the indoor unit coils or copper lines. If your system has frozen up, shut down the outside unit for a couple of hours to let it thaw. Another thing to check is the unit’s drip pan. If the condensate drain is clogged and water is rising, your system may have been shut off by an overflow detection device.

For more information on air conditioner troubleshooting, or to schedule a service call, contact us at AirRite Air Conditioning Company. We’ve been keeping people cool and comfortable in the greater Fort Worth/Arlington area since 1955.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air conditioner troubleshooting and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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