Troubleshooting An Air Conditioner

With temperatures reaching 100 degrees outside, having a broken air conditioner in Austin, Texas can turn into a dangerous situation.  At A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions we like to make sure our customers are cooling just as quickly as they can. Over the last 40 years, we have found that some Austin AC repairs are simple fixes.

How to Repair Your AC in Austin When It Doesn’t Work at All

Our skilled HVAC service techs in Austin have been known to guide home owners over the phone with a few simple to do repairs.  Not only does it help our customers get cool quickly, but it also saves them the heat-induced discomfort of waiting for our Air Conditioning repairman to arrive.  If you’re ever in a situation where your AC has stopped cooling, consider checking the following to see if you can get it working on your own.

  • Check your thermostat
    If the thermostat display does not light up, change the batteries.  If there is a display, check to see if the temperature on the thermostat is set to the correct temperature.
  • See if the circuit breaker tripped
    Check your circuit break in the breaker box and make sure it has not tripped.  If the HVAC breaker has been tripped, reset the breaker by flipping the switch into the proper position.  If the breaker trips keeps tripping, there might be an electrical issue and your safety could be at risk.  Give A-Plus a call and either one of our AC Technicians in Austin, or our Home Solutions Department can help resolve the issue.
  • Check your switch at the indoor unit.  
    Many AC units have an on-off switch next to the indoor air handler for safety reasons.  It looks like a standard light switch.  There is a chance this switch might have been hit or toggled into the off position.  Flip the switch and see if your AC system turns back on.
  • Check the disconnect switch on the outdoor unit
    There should be a disconnect switch behind the outdoor unit on an exterior wall.  Make sure this switch is flipped on.  Once again, this could have been accidentally hit or toggled into the off position.
  • Look for water in the condensate drain line
    Check your indoor air hander for pooling water.  Most AC systems have a float switch that shuts off an AC unit if water begins to pool inside the drain pan.  This float switch helps prevent damage to the AC as your home.  Try to empty out the water and clear the drain pan with debris.
  • How to Repair and AC Unit that Runs but Doesn’t Cool
    Sometimes, your Air Conditioner runs but does not blow cool air.  Here is what you can do if you encounter this problem.
  • Check your air filter
    It is important that your air filters are changed on a regular basis.  If the filters are not changed regularly, the restriction of the air flow due to dust, dirt & debris can cause your AC unit to stop operating.  We recommend using the cheapest pleated filter you can buy.

 

If your AC Unit is not keeping you cool after these quick repairs, we have skilled HVAC techs in Austin who are ready to assist.  A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions offers fast after hours AC Repair Services, and Weekend Air Conditioning Repair Services in Austin.  We have experience serving all major brands including Lennox, Carrier, Trane, American Standard & Rheem.  With over 40 years of experience as a locally family owned business, we have earned the trust of our community.  Please give our office a call to schedule your AC Repair, Air Conditioning Check Up, or HVAC Replacement today!

 

14 Consecutive Months of Record Heat

Record Heat in Austin, Texas

Average sea surface temperature was also record high Persistent heat on land and in the sea this June shattered records, yet again

as reported in ac-today.com

June 2016 was 1.62 degrees F above the 20th century average, breaking last year’s record for the warmest June on record by 0.04 degrees F, according to scientists from NOAA’sNational Centers for Environmental Information. NOAA’s global temperature records dates back 137 years to 1880. For the year to date, the average global temperature was 1.89 degrees F above the 20th century average. This was the highest temperature for this period, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 by 0.36 degrees F.

• Some notable events around the world include:
• The globally averaged sea surface temperature was record high for June and the year-to-date (January–June).
• The globally averaged land temperature tied a record high for June, making it the 34th consecutive June with temperatures above the 20th century average. The year-to-date (January–June) average temperature was also record high.
• Much warmer-than-average temperatures contributed to North America’s warmest June since continental records began in 1910.
• Much warmer-than-average conditions engulfed most of Africa resulting in the second warmest June since 1910 for the continent.
• The average Arctic sea ice extent for June was 11.4 percent below the 1981–2010 average. This was the smallest June extent since records began in 1979.
• The average Antarctic sea ice extent for June was 40,000 square miles below the 1981–2010 average, marking the smallest June Antarctic sea ice extent since 2011 and the 13th smallest on record.

ac-today is one of the many expert resources that your team at A-Plus AC references to stay on the cutting edge in our industry (they also wrote this article, which can be viewed in its entirety here.