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What To Do When Your AC Goes Out During Summer

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As the scorching summer heat sets in, the last thing you want is for your air conditioning system to suddenly stop working. The discomfort and potential health risks associated with a malfunctioning AC can quickly make your home unbearable.

In this blog, we’ll discuss what steps you can take when your AC goes out unexpectedly, providing you with troubleshooting tips, DIY solutions for minor problems, signs that your system may need professional assistance, and the benefits of relying on experts like Comfort Zone Service.

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Troubleshooting Tips for a Malfunctioning AC

Before reaching out to a professional, it’s worth attempting some troubleshooting steps to determine the cause of the problem. Remember to always prioritize safety by turning off the power before inspecting or making any adjustments.

  • Check the thermostat settings: Make sure the thermostat is set to “cool” and at the desired temperature. Sometimes, incorrect settings can give the impression that the AC is malfunctioning.
  • Inspect the air filters: Clogged air filters can restrict airflow and cause your AC to work inefficiently or shut down. Clean or replace the filters regularly to ensure optimal performance.
  • Ensure power supply: Check if the AC is receiving power by inspecting the electrical panel and verifying that the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped. Also make sure the AC’s power switch is turned on.
  • Examine the circuit breaker: If the circuit breaker has tripped, reset it and observe if the AC turns on. If the breaker trips repeatedly, it may indicate an electrical issue that requires professional attention.

DIY Solutions for Minor AC Problems

Certain AC problems can be resolved with simple do-it-yourself solutions, saving you time and money. Common issues include:

  • Frozen coil: If you notice ice forming on the evaporator coil, turn off the AC and let it thaw naturally. Once melted, check the air filters and ensure proper airflow. If the issue persists, it’s best to call a professional.
  • Clogged condensate drain: A clogged condensate drain can cause water leakage and affect your AC’s performance. Use a wet/dry vacuum or a mixture of bleach and water to clear the drain. Regularly maintaining the condensate drain helps prevent future clogs.
  • Dirty air filters: Dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce cooling efficiency. Clean or replace the filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This simple step can significantly improve your AC’s performance.

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Signs You Need To Call an AC Expert

While some AC issues can be resolved through troubleshooting and DIY solutions, certain signs indicate a more serious problem that requires professional attention.

Call an expert if you notice any of these signs:

  • Strange noises: Unusual sounds like grinding, squealing, or banging could signify a mechanical problem within the AC unit. Professional technicians can diagnose the issue and perform the necessary repairs.
  • Persistent warm air: If your AC blows warm or lukewarm air despite being set to a cool temperature, it may indicate compressor issues, refrigerant leaks, or other significant malfunctions.
  • Frequent cycling on and off: If your AC frequently turns on and off rapidly, it can strain the system, increase energy consumption, and reduce the life span of the equipment.
  • Refrigerant leaks: Refrigerant leaks impact cooling performance but can also be harmful to the environment and your health. It’s crucial to have an expert handle refrigerant-related issues safely.

Attempting complex repairs without proper training and equipment can lead to further damage, voided warranties, and personal injury. It’s always best to call the professionals when you notice any of these signs.

Schedule AC Repairs or Maintenance With Comfort Zone Service

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Enjoy a cool and comfortable summer with the help of trusted professionals.

Contact Comfort Zone Service today at (708) 403-3434 to schedule professional AC maintenance.

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