Pinpointing the problem and finishing your own AC repair in Temple/Belton , Texas, can seem like a lot of work.

But it doesn’t have to be. There are a couple of simple remedies you can try by yourself that might help you avoid an AC service call.

When you’re having air conditioning issues, try this checklist before getting in touch with a heating and cooling repair professional like Bell Air Conditioning Inc.

Our pros can be reached at 254-307-9572 when you are looking for professional help. We offer emergency AC repair and service most models of central AC equipment.

If you need an updated air conditioner, we also can do AC installation.

When you’re in contact with us, contemplate a routine AC maintenance plan that could help you keep clear of potential problems. We can advise how often you should have air conditioner service.

Prepared to start troubleshooting your system? Follow our easy tips below. Most of these processes don’t involve any HVAC expertise.

Air Conditioner Repair Checklist

1. AC Won’t Turn On

There can be several explanations why your AC equipment won’t work: an overloaded circuit breaker, wrong thermostat settings, a turned off switch or an overflowing condensate drain pan.

Overloaded Circuit Breaker

Your AC won’t start when you have a tripped breaker.

To find out if one has blown, go to your house’s main electrical panel. You can locate this gray fixture on the wall in the basement, garage or closet.

  • Confirm your hands and feet are dry before you touch the panel or breakers.
  • Find the breaker identified “AC” and confirm it’s in the “on” position. If it’s overloaded the lever will be in the middle of the panel or “off” spot.
  • Firmly shift the breaker back to the “on” location. If it immediately triggers again, don’t touch it and get in touch with us at 254-307-9572. A switch that keeps turning off could mean your home has electrical trouble.

Inaccurate Thermostat Settings

If your thermostat isn’t telling your air conditioner to start, it won’t turn on.

The main step is ensuring it’s on “cool” and not “heat.” Otherwise your AC may not turn on. Or you may have. hot air blowing from vents being the furnace is going instead.

If you have a traditional thermostat:

  • Swap out the batteries if the readout is empty. If the monitor is showing jumbled numbers, get a new thermostat.
  • Ensure the proper program is on the display. If you can’t change it, cancel it by dropping the temperature and pushing the “hold” button. This will cause your AC to run if programming is not right.
  • Try setting the thermostat 5 degrees lower than the room’s temperature. Your AC won’t start if the thermostat is set the same as the room’s temperature.

Once your thermostat is set accurately, you should receive refreshing air quickly.

If you’re using a smart thermostat, like one produced by Nest, Ecobee, Lux, Honeywell or Bosch, go to the manufacturer’s website for assistance. If it still won’t work, call us at 254-307-9572 for assistance.

Turn-Off Switch

Your AC usually has a shut-off switch by its condenser. This lever is commonly in a metal box hung on your residence. If your air conditioner has recently been serviced, the device may have unintentionally been positioned in the “off” position.

Clogged Condensate Drain Pan

Condensate drain pans hold the extra water your air conditioner takes out of the air. This pan can be found either below or inside your furnace or air handler.

When there’s a clog or backed up drain, water can become concentrated and prompt a safety control to stop your system.

If your pan involves a PVC pipe or drain, you can clear the additional water with a formulated pan-cleaning capsule. You can purchase these tablets at a home improvement or hardware store.

If your pan includes a pump, find the float switch. If the switch is “up” and there’s water in the pan, you could need to get a new pump. Contact us at 254-307-9572 for support.

2. AC Blows Warm Air

If your air conditioner is working but not providing cold air, its airflow could be congested. Or it may not have sufficient refrigerant.

Obstructed Airflow

Your system’s airflow can be limited by a clogged air filter or dirty condenser.

How to Change Your Air Filter

A dusty filter can cause a lot of issues, including:

  • Reduced airflow
  • Frozen refrigerant lines or evaporator coil
  • Intermittent cooling
  • Increased electricity bills
  • Leading your system to break down sooner

We recommend changing flat filters monthly, and creased filters every three months.

If you can’t remember when you last installed a new one, switch off your AC fully and take out the filter. You can spot the filter in your furnace or air pump’s blower compartment. It may also be found in an attached filter case or wall-mounted return air grille.

Angle the filter up to the light. If you can’t see any light you certainly should buy a new filter.

4 Tips on Cleaning Your Cooling Equipment

Weeds, plants and shrubbery can get in the way of your condensing system. This may limit its airflow, impact its energy efficiency and affect your comfort. Here’s how you can get your system running well again.

  1. Turn off electricity totally at the breaker or outside lever.
  2. Get rid of plant rubbish around the unit. Once you’ve gotten rid of bigger clutter within a two-foot area, you can use a paint brush or vacuum to carefully remove dust from the condenser fins. Kinked fins can also affect efficiency, so you can attempt to adjust them with a small knife.
  3. Use a hose nozzle to slowly remove gunk off the fins from inside the equipment. Make sure to avoid getting liquid on the fan motor.
  4. Install the top again and turn on the power.

Leaking Refrigerant

When AC equipment doesn’t have adequate refrigerant, they’ll have difficulty removing heat and humidity from your house.

Here are a few signs that your unit is leaking refrigerant:

  1. It takes a long time to lower the temperature in your space and you’re continually lowering the thermostat.
  2. Air coming through the registers isn’t as cold as it should be.
  3. You’re hearing hissing or gurgling racket when cooling is on.
  4. Your evaporator coil is frosted because it’s having difficulty handling heat.

Think your equipment is leaking refrigerant? You need a authorized heating and cooling service professional to take care of the leak and replenish the proper level of refrigerant in your equipment. Contact us at 254-307-9572 for help.

3. AC Not Blowing Enough Air

When it appears like you’re not having enough chilled air, there’s probably an obstruction or detachment within your air conditioning unit.

  • The first place is looking at your air filter. Buy a new one if it’s dirty.
  • Then check the registers are open around your residence.
  • If you’re still not getting enough chilly air, you should have your ductwork checked by a specialist like Bell Air Conditioning Inc. Your duct system could need to be fixed or rejoined in hard-to-reach locations like your attic, basement or crawl space.

Request Pro Air Conditioner Repair Now

When you require air conditioning service quickly, contact the HVAC repair experts at Bell Air Conditioning Inc at 254-307-9572. We’ll quickly identify the problem when your equipment won’t work or provide enough chilled air.

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