Saving money on home repairs is something that most homeowners try to do. Days are long and money is short for most of us, so being able to Diagnose HVAC Problems can potentially save hard workers a lot of hard earned money. To troubleshoot an air conditioning system, the first step to take is making sure that the unit is getting power.
The occasional power blackout or a power surge can cause an air conditioner to stop working. To begin Troubleshooting Air Conditioning problems you should always start at the source of power, the breaker box. Look for any breakers flipped to the off position. The main breaker or the breaker that operates the air conditioner will be flipped in the off position if the breaker box is the source of the problem.
If all is well in the breaker box the next steps will involve checking power switches. The first switch to check will be located near the air handling unit inside the home. Due to emergency purposes a shut off switch is installed near this unit. Sometimes this switch gets accidentally hit and shuts the power off that goes to the unit.
The next switch to check will be located under the unit in the water pan area. In the event that neither of these switches is the cause there is one more switch to check. This switch is located outside near the outside unit; this switch can be bumped into the off position and shut off the power to the air conditioning system. Sometimes one of these three switches is the cause of the problem, but if not there are other things to check.
Checking the batteries in the thermostat and the air filter are two of the next things to check. After that is done, it is time to check the drain lines of the inside unit. Empty the water pan and flush the drain line to remove any possible buildup of debris. Clearing the drain lines has been the solution to thousands of air conditioner problems. An A/C Not Working is going to create an uncomfortable home, so if none of these troubleshooting tips work it is time to contact a professional HVAC company to diagnose the problem.