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April 4, 2017

When your air conditioner stops working, your first reaction is often panic. Now you need to call in a professional, which can get expensive. While there are times when A/C repair is necessary, there are many times when a simple fix is all that is needed. Here are a few easy, and quick, checks that you can do yourself before you make the call.

Check the Breaker

One of the very first things you can do when your air conditioner suddenly stops working is to check the breaker. Oftentimes, if you have several lights and appliances all on the same breaker, it can trip, which would then cause your air conditioner to stop working. Check here before you make the call for A/C repair to save both money and a bit of embarrassment.

Look at the Thermostat

Sometimes, what’s wrong with your air conditioner is really just something with your thermostat. If the thermostat is battery operated, there’s a chance that the batteries just need to be changed. There’s also a chance that the settings got changed, or the thermostat may have inadvertently been shut off. Don’t forget to make sure that you have the temperature set to below that of the room temperature.

Get Rid of Ice

Take a look at the unit outside. It is possible that your air conditioner froze over. Ice doesn’t require A/C repair; it simply needs to be melted. Melting the ice on your air conditioner is a rather easy process. All you need to do is turn the unit off. Or, you can let the fan blow with the air conditioner off to help speed up the process.

Is it Time for a Cleaning?

If your air conditioner, including the ducts, have not been cleaned in a while, it may be time. Carefully clean fan blades and condenser fins on the outside unit, and remove the debris around it. On the inside of your home, check vents and your air ducts. If you are not comfortable doing these things on your own, many air conditioning companies offer affordable maintenance, which will save you from costly A/C repairs down the line.

Change the Filter

One thing that can lead to the need for A/C repair if you don’t pay attention to it is the condition of the filter. If the filter gets dirty and clogged, your air conditioner loses efficiency, and needs to work harder, wearing it out faster. Filters should be changed approximately every one to three months, which will help to keep your air conditioner healthy.

By following the above tips, you could save yourself a lot of money. However, if the air conditioner in your home has stopped working, and none of these issues seems to be the culprit, be sure to call your Cleveland A/C experts at Fred’s Home Services.

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