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What to Do If Your Air Conditioner Stops Working

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headOn a hot summer day, the last thing you want to happen in your home is to have the air conditioning system stop working on you. Maybe the air coming from the vents has turned to room temperature, or maybe no part of the AC is coming on at all. Whatever the case, when this happens you’ll be trapped with a hot and stuffy house until the problem is solved.

And it can be solved, so don’t worry. You can take a few steps to see if there’s a simple solution to this air conditioning dilemma. If there isn’t, we recommend you call for air conditioning repairs in Bellevue, WA or the surrounding areas with our experts. We’ll get to the bottom of the AC malfunction fast and have your cooling restored to you, whatever it takes.

Here’s what to do when you lose AC cooling

  • Check the thermostat: Yes, we know this sound super obvious. In fact, it’s so obvious that people often overlook it and go straight to assuming the worst about the AC. However, if the air conditioner isn’t sending out cool air or the fans and compressor aren’t coming on, the trouble may be as simple as an error setting the thermostat. Maybe someone else fiddled with the controls, or you may have activated a different program by mistake. If you adjust the thermostat and still don’t get a response from the air conditioner, look elsewhere.
  • Check the electrical panel: When the AC won’t turn on at all, it’s possible one of the motors has tripped a circuit breaker. This can happen for a number of reasons, and we recommend you always check the electrical panel to see if this is the case. Reset any tripped breaker and try the AC again. If the breaker continues to trip, you’ll need to call professionals because there’s some sort of electrical malfunction in the air conditioner.
  • Change the air filter if it needs it: If the air coming from the vents isn’t cool enough, check on the air filter for the HVAC cabinet. It might be clogged up with dust, lint, dander, and other debris. Too much clogging will stop sufficient warm air from moving into the AC to be cooled down, and it will drop cooling power. Put in a clean filter if the current one is clogged (and remember to keep making filter changes every 1 to 3 months).
  • Call the professionals: Now that you’ve taken these basic inspection steps, call for HVAC technicians to investigate the malfunction and find a way to fix it. In the meantime, you can cope with the heat by closing blinds on windows to keep out the extra sun, drinking cool liquids, and even constructing a make-shift evaporative cooler by placing a bowl of ice in front of a room fan. If the air conditioner’s central fan is still operating, keep it running for air circulation.

You can count on our AC experts to have your cooling problems fixed. We treat every customer as if they were our one and only!

S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling offers Quality Service for Quality Living. Repair your AC with a call to us!

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