Troubleshooting and finishing your own AC repair in Central Point, Oregon, can feel like a lot of guessing.

There’s a better way. There are a couple of fast adjustments you can try without help that might help you bypass an AC service call.

When you’re facing air conditioning troubles, try this checklist before reaching out to a heating and cooling repair professional like Titan Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our experts can be reached at 541-286-6617 when you are looking for experienced assistance. We provide emergency AC repair and repair most brands of central air conditioners.

If you want to get an updated air conditioning system, we also can do AC installation.

When you’re on the phone with us, think about a yearly AC maintenance plan that may help you bypass later problems. We can tell you when you require air conditioner service.

Want to get started finding the problem with your equipment? Use our simple tips below. Many of these processes don’t require any HVAC knowledge.

Air Conditioner Repair Checklist

1. AC Won’t Turn On

There can be a couple of causes why your air conditioner won’t run: a triggered circuit breaker, inaccurate thermostat settings, a switched off switch or an overfull condensate drain pan.

Triggered Circuit Breaker

Your AC won’t turn on when you have a tripped breaker.

To check if one has tripped, find your home’s main electrical panel. You can find this gray device on the wall in the basement, garage or closet.

  • Ensure your hands and feet are free of moisture before you check the panel or breakers.
  • Look for the breaker identified “AC” and confirm it’s in the “on” spot. If it’s overloaded the breaker will be in the in between or “off” spot.
  • Quickly shift the breaker back to the “on” spot. If it instantaneously triggers again, don’t reset it and call us at 541-286-6617. A fuse that keeps flipping could mean your house has electrical trouble.

Wrong Thermostat Settings

If your thermostat isn’t signaling your system to run, it won’t activate.

The key step is checking it’s set to “cool” and not “heat.” Otherwise your AC may not start running. Or you could have. heated air coming from vents because the furnace is going instead.

If you’re using a regular thermostat:

  • Replace the batteries if the readout is blank. If the readout is displaying garbled characters, replace the thermostat.
  • Ensure the right program is on the display. If you can’t change it, reverse it by decreasing the temperature and hitting the “hold” button. This will force your AC to work if scheduling is wrong.
  • Try setting the thermostat 5 degrees lower than the room’s temperature. Your AC won’t start if the thermostat matches the space’s temperature.

Once your thermostat is adjusted properly, you should begin getting refreshing air quickly.

If you’re using a smart thermostat, like one manufactured by Nest, Ecobee, Lux, Honeywell or Bosch, look at the manufacturer’s website for assistance. If you still can’t get it to work, reach us at 541-286-6617 for assistance.

Turn-Off Switch

Your air conditioner probably has a shut-down switch near its condenser. This device is commonly in a metal box mounted on your home. If your unit has recently been maintained, the lever may have accidentally been put in the “off” setting.

Blocked Condensate Drain Pan

Condensate drain pans hold the extra water your equipment pulls from the air. This pan can be situated either beneath or inside your furnace or air handler.

When there’s an obstruction or backed up drain, water can accumulate and prompt a safety setting to switch off your system.

If your pan has a PVC pipe or drain, you can get rid of the additional liquid with a formulated pan-cleaning tab. You can get these tabs at a home improvement or hardware retailer.

If your pan involves a pump, locate the float switch. If the lever is “up” and there’s liquid in the pan, you may need to replace the pump. Reach us at 541-286-6617 for help.

2. AC Blows Warm Air

If your system is working but not cooling, its airflow may be clogged. Or it may not have sufficient refrigerant.

Blocked Airflow

Your system’s airflow can be reduced by a clogged air filter or dirty condenser.

How to Change Your Air Filter

A dirty filter can lead to countless problems, like:

  • Lower comfort
  • Frosted refrigerant lines or evaporator coil
  • Uneven cooling
  • Bigger cooling costs
  • Making your system stop working more quickly

We suggest installing new flat filters once a month, and accordion filters every three months.

If you aren’t sure when you last installed a new one, turn off your system fully and pull out the filter. You can locate the filter in your furnace or air pump’s blower compartment. It may also be found in an attached filter case or wall-mounted return air grille.

Tilt the filter up to the sunshine. If you see a lot of dust you need to get a new one.

How to Clean Your Cooling System

Greenery, vegetation and leaves can block your condensing system. This may limit its airflow, lower its energy efficiency and change your comfort. Here’s a method you can follow to get your unit working well again.

  1. Shut off the electrical current totally at the breaker or external lever.
  2. Clear yard waste around the air conditioner. Once you’ve gotten rid of all the debris within a two-foot range, you can use a soft brush or vacuum to slowly clean the unit’s fins. Crooked fins can also impact effectiveness, so you can attempt to correct them with a blunt knife.
  3. Use a hose nozzle to carefully remove gunk off the fins from inside the system. Be careful to avoid getting moisture on the fan motor.
  4. Put the top back on and turn on the power.

Not Enough Refrigerant

When air conditioning systems don’t have ample refrigerant, they’ll have difficulty removing heat and humidity from your house.

Here are several symptoms that your equipment is losing refrigerant:

  1. It takes a long time to refresh your home and you’re constantly lowering the thermostat.
  2. Cooling coming through the registers isn’t as chilly as it should be.
  3. You’re noticing whistling or gurgling noises when cooling runs.
  4. Your evaporator coil is frozen as a result of having an issue absorbing heat.

Think your equipment is losing refrigerant? You need a qualified heating and cooling service professional to fix the leak and refill the proper amount of refrigerant in your system. Reach us at 541-286-6617 for help.

3. AC Not Blowing Enough Air

When it appears like you’re not receiving ample amounts of cold air, there’s probably a clog or separation within your cooling system.

  • The beginning step is checking your air filter. Buy a new one if it’s dirty.
  • Then make sure the ductwork is clear throughout your rooms.
  • If you’re still not getting ample cold air, you should have your ductwork inspected by a expert like Titan Heating & Air Conditioning. Your ducts might need to be fixed or rejoined in tricky spots like your attic, basement or crawl space.

Request Pro Air Conditioner Repair Now

When you require air conditioning service quickly, contact the HVAC repair experts at Titan Heating & Air Conditioning at 541-286-6617. We’ll quickly identify the problem when your equipment won’t work or provide enough chilled air.

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