It never fails, it’s the hottest heat index day of the year and you walk into your home after a long hard day and are struck with a heat wave and sweat pouring down your face. It’s about this time that you realize your home’s AC unit is not working properly and of course, it’s late so the likelihood of an AC company coming out last minute is shot. What should you do?
- Check your thermostat. If you notice that your AC unit is not working properly, it’s important to check your thermostat and see what it says it should be set at. As humans we make mistakes and you may notice it was user error by forgetting to turn the thermostat on or by accidentally setting it to 80 instead of 70. Take a deep breath because you’re now in the clear for any troubleshooting!
- Check your breaker. It could also be a simple error like your breaker tripped because you had too many things plugged in or running at once. Note – the breaker should only be checked if your AC unit is turned off. If so, flip your breaker and see if that fixes the issue.
- Check the air filter. Now that you’ve ruled out the thermostat and the breaker, it’s time to inspect your unit. First up, your air filter. If your air filter appears to be clogged or has something stopping it from letting air flow into your home, try to clean it off or simply change it. Note – you should be changing your air filters every 3 months and brushing it off each month if you have a lot of dander.
- Check outside around the unit. Next up, is to walk outside and see if your unit outside your home is covered in debris or clogged. If so, you can use a leaf blower to clean it out, a broom or a hose.
- Check your ductwork. Look around your ductwork and see if there are visible signs of cracks or holes. Cracks and holes will cause the air to seep through them and never make it into your home.
- Contact the experts. If none of these 5 points have cleared the issue, it’s time to call the HVAC experts at BMC Clower for a professional inspection. By contacting a professional HVAC company, they’ll be able to complete a full unit and duct inspection at your home. From there you’ll know what options you should take as your next step.