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7 Ways You Might be Causing Your Own AC Problems


It’s June and, here in Utah, things are warming up! This means most of us are trying to keep things indoors nice and cool. But what do you do when you turn the air conditioner on but the house doesn’t seem to be getting cool? Perhaps for some of us, our first instinct is the call an AC technician to come and check it out. But did you know there might be a simple solution to the problem that you can fix yourself? And furthermore—did you know there are problems that you might actually be causing? 

In the video above, we show you seven basic things you can check:


It’s June and, here in Utah, things are warming up! This means most of us are trying to keep things indoors nice and cool. But what do you do when you turn the air conditioner on but the house doesn’t seem to be getting cool? Perhaps for some of us, our first instinct is the call an AC technician to come and check it out. But did you know there might be a simple solution to the problem that you can fix yourself? And furthermore—did you know there are problems that you might actually be causing? 

In the video above, we show you seven basic things you can check:

Keeping the outdoor unit clear

If you have anything covering your AC unit, or if you have plants like shrubs or bushes, or even wood piles or toys stacked up against your unit, it could be preventing your air conditioner from getting proper airflow. Make sure to keep the space around and above your air conditioning unit clear! Additionally, if you’re planning a deck addition, make sure it doesn’t obstruct your AC.

AC problems - keep the outdoor unit clear

Changing your filter regularly

This one is the easiest step to forget but is one of the most important. In order for your air conditioner to function properly, it needs good airflow. A dirty filter restricts airflow and prevents it from “breathing” properly. A helpful hint is to set a reminder in your phone to check your filter every six months. If you can see light through it, your filter is good to go! If you hold it up to the light and can’t see through it, it’s time for a replacement.

AC problems - change filter regularly

Keep unused rooms open

Some people assume that when a room isn’t in use, it may save energy to close the vents and shut the door to that room so it isn’t being needlessly heated or cooled. However, HVAC systems aren’t designed to work that way. More than anything, this actually makes your system work even harder, potentially costing you more in the long run.

AC problems - keep unused rooms open

Clearing all vents

Just as we discussed, airflow is a must when it comes to your HVAC system! Check the vents in your home to be sure that all your vents are open and uncovered so air can circulate freely throughout the house.

AC problems - change filter regularly

Changing the batteries in the thermostat

Your air conditioner troubles might just be a matter of making sure the batteries on your thermostat are fresh. If your thermostat can’t communicate with your air conditioner, you definitely won’t have cold air! Check those batteries periodically to avoid problems.

AC problems - change batteries

Checking the thermostat settings

Make sure that, in the summer, your thermostat setting is changed from “Heat” to “Cool.” Otherwise, the air conditioner won’t ever get the signal to turn on.

AC problems - check thermostat settings

Making sure the programming is set correctly

You also want to make sure that your temperature programming is set to your preferences. If your thermostat is set to heat or cool to temperatures that aren’t comfortable for you, you might become frustrated, thinking the system is broken because it keeps defaulting to its preset temps.

AC problems - thermostat programming

Taking care of these basic things can possibly save you a service call! But, if you have gone through and checked each of these items and still have problems with your air conditioning, call a licensed HVAC professional to come and troubleshoot your system. 



Author: Amber Smith-Johnson
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Posted: May 31st, 2018 @ 12:00am by tammy