Talking About Air Conditioners

Tips For Preventing, And Dealing With, A Sudden AC Failure

A sudden AC failure may not seem like such a big deal to some. However, to many people in the country, a sudden AC failure can turn into a hazard, a personal danger, or a loss of business. If a sudden loss of AC will devastate you, then you need to prepare for such an occurrence.

Stay Current with Your Maintenance Schedule

Many sudden troubles aren't as sudden as people like to think. Problems can build up without anyone taking notice. These problems can lead to an abrupt failure. That's why it's important to have your HVAC system routinely inspected and maintained.

You can do a lot of maintenance yourself just by following your owner's manual. If you don't have access to the manual, then check the manufacturer's website. Beyond that, there are many general rules to follow for your AC maintenance. There's a lot you can and should do on your own.

Performing basic maintenance is a good way to help prevent sudden shutoffs. But having a professional perform maintenance as well will increase your chances against suddenly losing your AC. They can,

  • Check the refrigerant
  • Check the motor
  • Check for leaks
  • Check electrical connections
  • Lubricate parts
  • Tighten fittings

Personal and professional maintenance are key in preventing sudden AC failures. However, knowing what to do to prevent possible failures aren't really much help when you're faced with an abrupt AC outage.

Dealing with an AC Emergency

What if, despite all your preventive measures, you still suffer an AC emergency? Don't panic. Do a little preliminary investigation. First, if you smell or see smoke, then contact emergency services. Similarly, if there's a burning smell or smoke if you do turn the AC back on, then you should cut it back off immediately. Otherwise,

Check the thermostat – Is it set to AC? Is the temperature reading correct? Try turning it down to see if the blower fan kicks in. Is the thermostat even on?

Check the breakerDid a breaker trip? Does manually tripping and resetting it helps?

Listen for activity – Do you hear the AC running but feel no cool air? Can you hear the fan turning? Do you hear noises that you know your AC doesn't normally make?

Check your filters – Don't just check the filters, but also your grilles and vents. These things can all block airflow.

Checking these things can help you solve a simple problem. Unfortunately, many sudden AC failures represent far larger issues. Fortunately, by gathering a little information during that preliminary investigation, you can help your HVAC repair service pinpoint the issue that much quicker.

If you want a quick resolution to your AC outage, then it's best if you contact a professional, 24-hour AC repair service. When time is of the essence, you can't wait until the next day for a visit or after the weekend for an appointment. If you have specific questions about how your air conditioning system is functioning or how to maintain it, contact a company like Elite Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.