In the peak of summer, fewer things are more annoying and inconveniencing than having a broken air conditioner. To make matters worse, you may have to wait several days for a technician to arrive to make the necessary repairs. So what do you do if you find yourself in such a situation?
Investigating a Broken A/C Unit
Before scheduling a professional inspection, you should check your air conditioner to find out if it’s truly broken. Take the following steps:
- Check the thermostat — First, reset the thermostat and wait to see if the A/C will turn on. If it doesn’t, go to the A/C unit and switch it on manually. If that fires it up, your thermostat is the obvious culprit.
- Check for a tripped circuit breaker — The circuit breaker can trip if your unit causes a surge in electricity use. If the breaker is in the “off” position, simply flip the switch back on and see if the unit will come on.
- Check for water or electrical damage — If there’s no problem with the circuit breaker and thermostat, water or electrical damage may be to blame. The telltale signs include debris or smoke around your unit and leaking or rusted tubes. Call an HVAC professional immediately in this instance.
Tips to Keep Cool
As you wait for your technician, here’s what you can do stay as cool as possible:
- Keep curtains and blinds drawn, and windows closed during the day. Open the windows after sunset.
- Turn on your ceiling fans and ensure the blades are moving in a counterclockwise direction.
- Consider investing in a dehumidifier to keep the indoor air dry, which will feel cooler.
- Take a cold shower before bedtime and reduce the number of covers you use.
- Place pans of ice water in front of blowing table fans.
The best way to avoid having a broken air conditioner in the future is by keeping up with regular maintenance. If you’re looking for the highest standards in A/C repair or maintenance services in Monmouth County and the surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
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