What Should You Do If Your A/C Goes Out This Summer?

Aug 19, 2022 | A/C, Air Conditioner, Air Filter, Blog, Cooling, Dayton, Five Star, OH, Ohio, Summer, Thermostat, Tips & Tricks

Has your air conditioner ever acted up and stopped working out of nowhere? Were you able to get it working again? Though you can plan as much as possible, there’s always the chance that something unexpected will happen. You may be good at practicing preventative maintenance and keeping up with your A/C system, but storms and power outages occur, therefore it’s best to stay two steps ahead by being prepared. When situations like this happen, we know how frustrating this can be, so we want to do what we can help to help prepare you so you are familiar with what you should do if you’re A/C were to go out this summer. Please, continue reading the following tips from Five Star Heating & Cooling Dayton

What Is Safe To Try If Your A/C Goes Out This Summer?  

If your A/C stops working suddenly, the first thing you should do is check the batteries on the thermostat. When thermostat batteries are low or near to running out of juice, it might prevent the thermostat from communicating properly with the air conditioning system. If the batteries are good, move on to the next basic troubleshooting step. This step is inspecting the circuit breaker. You never know if the circuit breaker flipped without your knowledge.  

If you discover that checking the circuit breaker isn’t solving your problem, it’s time to proceed to investigate the compressor which is located outside. The compressor is the outdoor unit located on either the side of your house or usually in the backyard. You should scan the area to make sure there is no physical damage or harm to the unit. It’s always likely that a branch, outdoor object, or even plant vegetation fell on top of the compressor or got caught in the compressor’s fan blades. As a result, it’s a good idea to develop the habit of scanning this area on a regular basis to ensure that it is free of loose items or debris. Keep in mind that the compressor produces a buzzing sound. So, if you detect an unusual noise emanating from the compressor, contact a qualified HVAC expert like Five Star Heating & Cooling Dayton right away. 

What Is NOT Safe To Try If Your A/C Goes Out This Summer?  

Your A/C system is a complex machine that functions to provide relief and comfort by means of cool air to your household. So, we don’t recommend performing anything that can compromise your A/C system. You may be at a point where you are frustrated without a functioning A/C, but rest assured, everything will be alright. Five Star Heating & Cooling Dayton has got your back! If you are a handy person, please keep in mind that we don’t recommend doing significant troubleshooting or do-it-yourself repairs on your system unless you are a licensed HVAC technician. DIY repairs might result in additional serious problems being created one after the other. Of course, this can also lead to increasingly expensive fixes as time goes on. There are also safety concerns related to do-it-yourself repairs. It is better not to take the risk and call a professional HVAC specialist. 

When you’re waiting for your HVAC professional to come to your house, it’s natural to want to keep cool from the heat. First, you should avoid opening windows or external doors. Opening these will only allow the heart to build up faster. With temperatures in the 90s, you won’t get the relief you are seeking. It’s also crucial not to use heat-generating appliances like stoves or dryers during this period. And lastly, please do not open your kitchen freezer in an attempt to get cooler air. Opening a freezer full of frozen food is not worth the risk of spoiling your frozen foods! 

In the event that your air conditioner goes down, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead of time. You won’t find yourself caught up in a predicament trying to figure out how to fix it. And keep in mind that you don’t have to deal with your HVAC problems alone. So, let Five Star Heating & Cooling Dayton join you on your HVAC journey. We provide emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. So, we are here for you any time of the day! Call us at (937) 708-8278, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!  

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