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Air Conditioner Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for AC Repair

The shifting weather in Bakersfield can mean a host of things, from the changing seasons to flicking off the switch of your air conditioner for the chilly months. Of course, total home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like doing that. That doesn’t mean that you’re automatically destined for AC repair though.

When your air conditioner stops working or you notice it operating weirdly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the team at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing for AC repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call.

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the easiest checks that homeowners can do on their own, and could solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “cool”
  • Tuned to be around room temperature
  • Utilizing a fresh battery

2) Look at the air conditioner filter

Dirty filters can cause air conditioners to act weirdly, making them shut down without notice and without making a noise. Air conditioner filters have been the cause for quite a few AC repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can exchange it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter decreases your system’s efficiency and reduces airflow.

3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches

Most of the time, switches to your air conditioner are found:

  • Around the air conditioner itself and typically look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint the breaker that controls your air conditioner and find out if it is in the middle position or the Off position. If it is, cycle the breaker to Off and then flip it back to the On position.

4) Open all of your vents

A typical mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for AC repair. Closing these vents could potentially cause your system to be less efficient and stop working because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve tried these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back up and running, it’s probably time to give us a ring. The team at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield are here to be sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 661-437-3499 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.