Getting Off the Hotseat: What To Do When Your AC Isn’t Working

All about American Standard AC SystemFully-functioning air conditioning is something you don’t fully appreciate until it’s stopped working properly during a heatwave. Suddenly, things like restful sleep and not sweating through your t-shirt while eating dinner become luxuries.

When your AC goes on the fritz, it’s a total game-changer – an albatross if you will. Your home goes from being your castle to an arid desert you can’t escape.

And it presents problems that go beyond the temperature levels in your home. Not everybody has money saved up for repairs or replacements.

Thus, you need to investigate if there are ways to remedy the situation without paying.  You also need to know that point where you must bite the bullet, pull out the old credit card, and call in an HVAC technician.

We’ll be looking at what to do when your AC goes out. We’re discussing clever tricks that’ll keep your home a little bit cooler when the central AC stops working. You’ll also learn about issues that can be solved without a service call. Lastly, we’ll be examining AC malfunctions that you can only rectify by hiring a sure-handed HVAC professional control technology.

Save Yourself the Service Call

The gut reaction when your AC goes out is to visit Google right away and look up “best local HVAC company.”

However, you don’t always need to go to a professional. We do understand that some folks may feel like handiness illiterates, but there’s nothing to fear. These tips are easy to follow—even for the most novice DIYer.

Here are some problems you can solve all on your own:

It’s Really Automatic

The best part about this problem is that it doesn’t require you to get your hands dirty in the slightest. Solving this hiccup with your AC is only a matter of pressing a few measly buttons.

ACs, from time to time, will alternate between blowing out cold air and stuffy lukewarm air. It’s usually because the fan has automatically been set to ‘ON.’ This keeps the fan running all the time, regardless of the air being cooled.

Setting your AC right in this scenario is only a matter of switching the setting to AUTO. No fuss. No muss.

Filtering Through the Problems

We’ll set the scene.

You’ve set the thermostat to a crisp 71°F, but the darn temperature never gets below 76°F. It seems minor, and 76°F is livable… but that’s not what you’ve paid for. Your central AC unit should provide optimal comfort.

Before getting into a tizzy and calling a technician in a heat-fueled rage, just check the air filter. A dirty filter restricts airflow in your AC – preventing the cooler air from circulating in your home.

Furthermore, a dirty filter will cause the evaporator coil to freeze and turn to ice. This will block the air and result in your home receiving no cooling.

If the filter is filthy upon inspection, just replace it with a new one.

Take Your AC Problem to the Cleaners

For your AC to function, the evaporator (the inside unit) must absorb heat from the air before sending the heat to the condenser (the outside unit).

The condenser can become caked with debris and will no longer dissipate heat. As such, your air conditioner will struggle to get those temperatures down.

Hesitant DIYers will be glad to know they don’t require tools for this problem either. Instead, you’ll only need to use a hose on a lower setting. Otherwise, it’ll bend the fins responsible for preventing the condenser from overheating.

It’s then important to look for – and remove – any weeds surrounding the AC unit.