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AC Repair: How to Troubleshoot Your Unit

Tampa Hvac Replacement

If you are looking to save a few dollars and the hassle of having an AC repairman out to your home, you may want to try to troubleshoot the problem first!  

At Integrity Home Solutions, we understand and value your knowledge, time, and budget and want to help you troubleshoot AC problems that may be easily fixed 

We have compiled a list of common AC issues and how you can go about troubleshooting them.  

 

Check the Air Filter 

A dirty air filter can clog or suffocate your AC unit. Too much dirt on your air filter limits the amount of air your AC unit can take in and can circulate allergens and illnesses. Plus, this lack of airflow into the system can eventually lead to a complete system failure.  

In the meantime, you may see increased energy bills, due to your system working harder, as well as discrepancies in household temperature versus the thermostat— the AC is struggling to reach the set temperature.  

What to do: Look at your air filters! Replace your filter if it is dirty or clogged. This should be done every couple of months. You most likely have more than one air filter in your home and all of them should be replaced. Need a reminder? We’ll send you alerts – sign up!   

 

Check the Outdoor Unit 

 If you are experiencing inadequate cooling, warm air coming from your air vents, or higher than normal energy bills you may want to step outside your house and check your outdoor AC unit. 

 Your outdoor AC unit (condenser) can cause serious AC problems if it is dirty or clogged. Branches and leaves should not be stuck in the condenser coils and there should not be layers of dirt on the top of the unit. 

What to do: Check your outside AC unit or condenser. Your AC unit should be clear of dirt, leaves, branches, and debris. Manually remove any debris from the outdoor unit and use a hose to gently spray the layer of dirt away.  

 

Check Your Air Vents  

Air vents that are blocked or closed can be a very simple problem to fix. Sometimes homeowners think they are saving money on energy bills if they close a supply vent in a room they are not using. This actually does the opposite—it increases energy bills and can cause ductwork issues.  

If you feel that your AC is struggling to cool your home or are having higher than normal bills, this can be a simple solution to fix if this were the cause.  

What to do: Walk through your home and make sure all supply vents—return and supply—are open. You do not want to have any vents blocked, even in unused rooms. Check to make sure rugs, curtains, and furniture are not blocking any vents as well.   

 

Double Check the Thermostat 

This may seem like a no brainer, but make sure you doublecheck that the thermostat is on and that it is set to the setting you desire—COOL or HEAT. In Florida, it can be cold one morning and blazing hot by the afternoon and this AC problem can be as simple as forgetting to turn ON the thermostat or forgetting to change the setting as it gets cooler or hotter outside.  

What to do: Check to see that the thermostat is turned on and check your settings. If your thermostat will not turn on at all, even manually, you may need to reset the circuit breaker due to a possible blown fuse.  

 

 Call an AC Pro Today! 

When all else fails, when you’ve attempted to troubleshoot your AC problems yourself, do not hesitate to call our experienced heating and cooling experts at Integrity Home Solutions. 

We are available 24/7 to come out and assess your AC unit and fix your problem immediately throughout Tampa Bay. We are available by phone (813-328-1550) or you can talk to our customer service representatives online through chat or text. 

At Integrity Home Solutions, we know you value your time and money; we are here to help you with affordable, reliable AC repair service!

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