Air Conditioner Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for AC Repair10/07/2015The changing weather in Winchester can mean a host of things, from the changing seasons to flipping off the switch of your air conditioner for the colder months. Of course, complete home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like cooperating. That doesn’t mean that you’re automatically destined for AC repair though. When your air conditioner stops working or you notice it operating weirdly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the pros at Thornberry Bros Inc for AC repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a ring. 1) Check your thermostat This is one of the simplest checks that homeowners can do themselves, and may solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is: Set to “cool” Programmed to be around room temperature Using a fresh battery 2) Look at the air conditioner filter Dirty filters can cause air conditioners to act erratically, making them shut down without notice and without making a noise. Air conditioner filters have been the cause for quite a few AC repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can swap it out yourself. Not to mention that a dirty air conditioner filter diminishes your system’s efficiency and reduces airflow. 3) Find and inspect your air conditioner’s switches Most of the time, switches to your air conditioner are found: Close to the air conditioner itself and typically look like your everyday light switch. At your circuit breaker panel. Find the breaker that controls your air conditioner and figure out if it is in the middle position or the Off position. If it is, cycle the breaker to Off and then switch it back to the On position. 4) Open all of your vents A common mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this may actually lead to a need for AC repair. Closing these vents may potentially cause your system to be less efficient and stop working because of added airflow pressure. If you’ve completed these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back in working order, it’s probably time to give us a call. The team at Thornberry Bros Inc in Winchester are here to be sure all of your AC repair needs are met, so give us a call at 859-745-1564 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.