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7 Troubleshooting Tactics When Your AC Stops Working

mind map with problem in the middle and 7 solutions around it

mind map with a problem in the middle and 7 solutions surrounding it

If you live here in Central Florida, you’ve experienced the stifling heat of the summer of 2023, and your air conditioning has been running nonstop to keep you cool.

Funny thing about air conditioning. It breaks down more often in extreme heat because it can’t keep up with the demand! (Especially with an old¬†or unmaintained system

Here are 7 troubleshooting tactics you can use if your air conditioning stops working:

ONE:

Simple but true.

Sometimes people call us because they think their air conditioning has quit when it’s simply a matter that the circuit has blown.

Florida is well-known for the high number of lightning strikes we get, so we’ve seen it happen where lightning flips a breaker.

TWO:

Inspect the thermostat: Make sure the thermostat is set to "cool" mode and the temperature is set lower than the room temperature.

About half the thermostats in use today require batteries.

If your model is one that uses batteries, do you know when the last time is that you replaced them?

Simply replace those old batteries and see what happens!

THREE:

This is the fastest, easiest, thing you can do to get your air conditioning operating again.

No kidding!

Do you know when you replaced the filter in your air conditioner last? Most people don’t do it often enough, but if you want to keep your equipment running at maximum efficiency while saving money and improving the air quality of your home, change the air filter every thirty days.

If you want to purchase filters through ServiceOne, your trusted small business, click here.

FOUR:

Check the condensate drain: If the drain is clogged, it can trigger a safety feature that shuts down the AC. Clear any debris or buildup in the condensate drain and rinse it with vinegar.

If you have routine check-ups for your air conditioning with ServiceOne’s ClubOne, your technician cleans your condensate drain two times a year, eliminating potential problems and making sure you don’t have to spend time and effort doing it yourself during a crisis.

FIVE:

Here in Florida, we often have high winds and hurricanes. Sometimes mowers hit outside units without knowing it.

Believe it or not, sometimes your outside condenser can freeze up – even on the hottest days.

Go outside and look at your unit. Inspect it. Make sure that it's clear of debris, the fins are not bent or damaged, and nothing is leaning up against it.

SIX:

Your ears can be great troubleshooters!

Listen for unusual sounds. Is there a knocking, a loud whir, or a rattling sound?

Any strange sound or louder-than-usual operating noise can indicate that a part has broken or loosened.

SEVEN:

Look for leaks.

If there is an oil stain or oily liquid on the ground, you may have a problem with a refrigerant leak.

Refrigerants are toxic and require a certified professional to deal with them, so be sure and call ServiceOne right away.

Best tactic

Call ServiceOne Air Conditioning and Plumbing!

If you haven’t signed up for a ClubOne membership, call us. Routine maintenance is the proven path for preventing breakdowns.

Our plans are tailored to fit your home, depending on how many units you have, whether you want coverage for air conditioning AND plumbing, and whether you want to pay monthly or annually.

We are professionals with more than 20 years of experience. Any problem. Any size. Any situation. ServiceOne can fix it, bringing you cool temps and comfort when you need it!

Emergency calls are answered seven days a week, 365 days a year!

Just keep these 7¬†Troubleshooting Tactics handy – along with ServiceOne’s phone number: 407-499-8333.

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