AC Not Working? Troubleshooting Tips For Your Central Heating And Cooling System

broken central heating and coolingWe rarely think about our central heating and cooling system …that is until it stops working or when the first hot day of summer finally rolls around. At Point Bay Energy Heating and Cooling, we understand that an AC that won’t turn on can be very frustrating and we want to help you keep your cool (literally) as fast as possible. Here are a few troubleshooting steps to try first before you call for repairs.

8 Troubleshooting Tips For Your Central Heating And Cooling System

  1. One of the most common air conditioning problems is improper operation. Check for power by moving the fan setting from “auto” to “on.” If the blower runs, you have power. If nothing happens, power is disconnected somewhere.
  2. Inspect your circuit breaker pane, check for tripped breakers or blown fuses. If this is the culprit, correct the problem. But only one time. If it trips or blows again. Call us immediately as you could be dealing with larger, more serious issue.
  3. Double check your thermostat settings. If you have power and the indoor fan is running nonstop, check that the setting is switched to the “auto” mode instead of “on.”
  4. Keep your cool. Be sure the setting is also switched to “cool” and make sure that the temperature is lower than the room temperature. If that doesn’t work…
  5. Try going up a degree or two. You heard that right. If you’re experiencing warm air and your thermostat is set below 72 degrees, it could be because of ice build-up in the coils causing the unit to stop blowing cold air. Going up a couple degrees could allow the system to keep up.
  6. Turn off the power and look for ice on the coils. If your AC is pushing out warm air and has ice around the coils, turn on the power and the fan to melt it.
  7. Inspect your filter. If the filter looks dirty or if it’s been more than 3 months since your last filter cleaning, replace it. And then schedule a reminder to visually inspect it every month.
  8. Check all of your room registers. If any of them are closed, open them. If something (like a rug or furniture) is blocking the return air ducts, uncover them to allow for wide open access to air.

Maintenance For Your Central Heating And Cooling System

Of course, you may be dealing with other common HVAC problems resulting from inadequate maintenance or an aging unit. But, if you have tried these quick troubleshooting suggestions and you’re still having problems with your central heating and cooling system, please contact the technicians at (732) 349-5059. for 24/7 emergency service.

Remember, we also offer an affordable, easy, effective service agreement plans for oil fired furnaces, boilers, water heaters and central air conditioning units to check your systems before you need them (and before they fail).