If you live in Austin, you know that a working Split System Air Conditioning is vital. The hot, dry weather breaks out for weeks at a time during the summer and sometimes in the winter too! There are lots of jokes about the dog days of summer, including my favorite: ‘Satan called. He wants his weather back.’ The heat can certainly get to you if you work outside or even if you have to walk to the mailbox. There are very few people who like that kind of intensity. Fortunately, there are many companies out there that offer Austin emergency A/C repair, so no one has to suffer, at least not for too long.
What Could Be Wrong
If your unit is 15-20 years old, it has most likely reached its life expectancy. A/C systems are known for going out during the hottest days, which may mean that you have a little wait before a maintenance specialist can get to you. While fixing an air conditioner as a DIY project may sound like a good idea, most likely it isn’t. It is best to leave that to the professionals. However, in a pinch, there are a couple of things you can try while waiting for an a/c company to show up:
- Change out your filter – Many people forget that the filter needs to be changed once a month or rinsed off if it is reusable. Neglecting to do this results in the unit overworking.
- Check your breaker box – If it has tripped, your system won’t be working at all.
- Is your thermostat battery operated? If so, the battery may be dead. Also, check the temperature setting for cooling and make sure the air conditioner is on instead of just the fan blowing.
- Inspect your air ducts – These should all be open and clear of any furniture blocking airflow. Cleaning out your vents will allow your system to work efficiently and cut down on allergens released into the air.
So, maybe your A/C is working correctly, and it’s not that old. Beware of thinking that it won’t break down. There are some tried and true tasks you can perform that will extend the life of your unit. Doing preventative maintenance will cut back on avoidable repairs. Besides changing the filter regularly, schedule routine tune-ups with a trusted HVAC company.