Troubleshooting Your Broken AC: What to Check Before Calling Us
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Troubleshooting Your Broken AC: What to Check Before Calling Us

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When the weather heats up, you want a reliable air conditioner in Colorado Springs that works when you need it the most. But what happens when you come home from work or bike ride on a hot day and your house feels hot and stifling? You might need to call us for AC repair in Colorado Springs to get your home feeling its best again.

Our Colorado Springs HVAC experts at Big Cat Plumbing, Heating & Cooling are always here to restore the cool comfort of your home, but we also put together our best tips to help you troubleshoot your broken AC, as well as what to do before making your next call to us.

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Check On Your Thermostat

The first thing to do when your air conditioner isn’t working right is to check your thermostat. Someone might have altered the settings, or your batteries might be running low. A power outage, accidentally changing your settings from p.m. to a.m. or vice versa, can also cause your AC to act strangely.

Double Check Your Circuit Breakers

After looking over your thermostat, check your home’s main electrical panel. You may have accidentally tripped your breaker. Make sure everything is flipped to the “on” position and stays on. If the breaker keeps flipping off everything your AC comes on, you have some kind of electrical problem. Never try to DIY the problem yourself, or you could compromise your safety and put your home in danger.

Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Dirty air conditioning filters prevent proper air flow from circulating through your home. In extreme cases, they can cause warm air to pour out of your system or stop working altogether. Depending on your air conditioner and how often you rely on it, we recommend changing your filter every 30 to 90 days. Replace your clogged filters as soon as possible to keep your air conditioner working more efficiently.

Clean Out Your Air Conditioning Ducts

After changing out your air conditioning filters, turn to your air ducts. Over time, they can collect pollutants, allergens, and dirt that compromise your indoor air quality. Give us a call, and one of our cooling specialists will come out as soon as possible to clean out your ducts and get your AC back on track.

Check for Obstructions Outside 

When was the last time you checked on what’s going on with the outside unit of your air conditioner. If the fan blades aren’t spinning freely, they won’t move cool air through your home. It’s also wise to look for any obstructions around your unit, like patio furniture, debris, or dirt. Grab a pair of garden shears to move away any overgrowth that’s growing too close to the outdoor condenser.

Move Anything That Produces Heat from Your Thermostat

If your unit keeps cooling without shutting off, your environment may be the problem. Move any heat-producing devices away from your thermostat, including electronics and lamps. They could be triggering your thermostat to think the room is warmer than it really is and keep running. 

Check Your Air Conditioning Vents

Sometimes your air conditioner works efficiently, but the air vents are the problem. Look around your home or apartment and move away any rugs, drapes, and furniture that could be obstructing the flow of air through your vents. Wipe down your vents with a damp rag or use a vacuum to try to remove any dirt and debris collecting.

Schedule Regular AC Maintenance in Colorado Springs

Your HVAC, heat pump, and air conditioner need periodic maintenance and upkeep, just like your car. Call the team at Big Cat Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for all your air conditioning maintenance in Colorado Springs. We’ll perform a thorough system check and lubricate your moving parts, checking components, running tests, and getting everything in top working order. If your system is malfunctioning, we can help with AC repair and provide upfront pricing. If you’re facing a costly repair and your unit is old, we can talk through your options for an AC installation in Colorado Springs. 

Call Your Colorado Springs Air Conditioning Pros

Hopefully, we saved you a few air conditioning headaches before you booked your next service call. Rest assured, the team at Big Cat Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is always here to help. We’ll come out to service your AC, make repairs, talk through replacements, and share our best tips and insights on what to do next. Schedule your appointment today!

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