Pinpointing the problem and doing your own AC repair in Marshfield, Wisconsin, can feel like a lot of frustration.

There’s a better way. There are a couple of fast fixes you can try by yourself that could help you avoid an AC service call.

When you’re having air conditioning issues, try this checklist before contacting a heating and cooling repair pro like House of Heating Incorporated.

Our experts are standing by at 715-384-3163 when you are looking for expert assistance. We provide emergency AC repair and service most brands of central AC systems.

If you need an updated air conditioning system, we also offer AC installation.

When you’re on the phone with us, think about an annual AC maintenance plan that may help you avoid potential breakdowns. We can tell you when you need air conditioner service.

Ready to get started finding the problem with your AC? Follow our fast manual below. Most of these steps don’t need any HVAC experience.

Air Conditioner Repair Checklist

1. AC Won’t Turn On

There can be several causes why your central AC system won’t work: a triggered circuit breaker, incorrect thermostat settings, a turned off switch or a full condensate drain pan.

Blown Circuit Breaker

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

To find out if one has tripped, go to your home’s main electrical panel. You can spot this gray device on the wall in the basement, garage or closet.

  • Ensure your hands and feet aren’t wet before you touch the panel or breakers.
  • Find the breaker identified “AC” and confirm it’s in the “on” location. If it’s triggered the switch will be in the in between or “off” location.
  • Steadily move the switch back to the “on” spot. If it instantaneously flips again, don’t reset it and contact us at 715-384-3163. A breaker that keeps turning off might signal your residence has electrical trouble.

Inaccurate Thermostat Settings

If your thermostat isn’t signaling your equipment to work, it won’t switch on.

The key part is making sure it’s switched to “cool” and not “heat.” Otherwise your AC may not switch on. Or you might receive. hot air coming from vents since the heat is on instead.

If you’re using a digital thermostat:

  • Swap out the batteries if the screen is clear. If the screen is showing jumbled letters, replace the thermostat.
  • Check the right program is displaying. If you can’t alter it, cancel it by decreasing the temperature and pushing the “hold” button. This will make your AC start if programming is wrong.
  • Try setting the thermostat 5 degrees cooler than the room’s temperature. Your AC won’t work if the thermostat matches the room’s temperature.

Once your thermostat is set accurately, you should start getting chilled air promptly.

If you’re using a smart thermostat, like one produced by Nest, Ecobee, Lux, Honeywell or Bosch, check the manufacturer’s website for assistance. If you still can’t get it to work, reach us at 715-384-3163 for assistance.

Turn-Off Switch

Your AC probably has a shut-down lever near its outdoor unit. This device is generally in a metal box attached to your house. If your AC has recently been repaired, the switch may have inadvertently been put in the “off” setting.

Clogged Condensate Drain Pan

Condensate drain pans keep the extra liquid your air conditioner removes from the air. This pan can be positioned either below or in your furnace or air handler.

When there’s a clog or blocked drain, water can accumulate and trigger a safety control to turn off your unit.

If your pan involves a PVC pipe or drain, you can drain the surplus liquid with a special pan-cleaning tab. You can purchase these tabs at a home improvement or hardware store.

If your pan involves a pump, locate the float switch. If the mechanism is “up” and there’s moisture in the pan, you might have to replace the pump. Reach us at 715-384-3163 for assistance.

2. AC Blows Warm Air

If your air conditioner is working but not cooling, its airflow might be blocked. Or it might not have adequate refrigerant.

Obstructed Airflow

Your system’s airflow can be restricted by a blocked air filter or dusty condenser.

How to Replace Your Air Filter

A dirty filter can lead to a lot of issues, including:

  • Lower comfort
  • Frozen refrigerant lines or evaporator coil
  • Intermittent cooling
  • Larger energy costs
  • Leading your system to stop working sooner

We suggest changing flat filters every four weeks, and creased filters every three months.

If you aren’t sure when you last changed yours, turn off your unit fully and take out the filter. You can locate the filter in your furnace or air pump’s blower compartment. It may also be located in an adjoining filter holder or wall-mounted return air grille.

Hold the filter up to the sunshine. If you can’t see any light you need to buy a new filter.

How to Clean Your AC Equipment

Brush, vegetation and sticks can get in the way of your condensing system. This can limit its airflow, impact its energy efficiency and change your comfort. Here’s a way you can get your equipment working smoothly again.

  1. Turn off the electrical current fully at the breaker or outside switch.
  2. Get rid of greenery rubbish around the air conditioner. Once you’ve gotten rid of all the debris within a two-foot radius, you can use a fine-bristled brush or vacuum to slowly remove dirt from the unit’s fins. Bent fins can also impact efficiency, so you can attempt to correct them with a small knife.
  3. Use a hose nozzle to slowly remove gunk off the fins from inside the equipment. Don’t get moisture on the fan motor.
  4. Put the top back on and turn on the power.

Leaking Refrigerant

When air conditioning equipment doesn’t have adequate refrigerant, they’ll have to work much harder to remove heat and humidity from your space.

Here are a couple of signs that your unit is leaking refrigerant:

  1. It takes a long time to refresh your rooms and you’re regularly lowering the thermostat.
  2. Air conditioning blowing through the vents isn’t as chilly as it should be.
  3. You’re experiencing whistling or burbling noises when cooling works.
  4. Your evaporator coil is iced over due to having an issue handling heat.

Worried your unit is losing refrigerant? You need a authorized heating and cooling service professional to repair the leak and restore the right level of refrigerant in your system. Reach us at 715-384-3163 for support.

3. AC Not Blowing Enough Air

When it feels like you’re not getting adequate amounts of cool air, there’s possibly a clog or detachment inside your cooling equipment.

  • The beginning place is checking your air filter. Buy a new one if it’s soiled.
  • Then ensure the vents are open throughout your residence.
  • If you’re still not experiencing adequate chilly air, you should have your ducts inspected by a specialist like House of Heating Incorporated. Your duct system might need to be fixed or rejoined in hard-to-reach spots 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 House of Heating Incorporated at 715-384-3163. We’ll quickly identify the problem when your equipment won’t work or provide enough chilled air.