When your AC isn’t working properly, it’s generally a good idea to call a professional. However, as the owner and user of your HVAC system, you can also troubleshoot it before calling for AC repair in Bradenton. Not every issue demands an immediate call for help. If your air conditioner isn’t providing cool air, here’s where to look to possibly resolve the matter yourself.

The Thermostat

The thermostat controls your AC, so it’s reasonable to check here first. Start by checking that it’s set to “Cool” mode. Your air conditioner won’t blow cold air if the thermostat is signaling your HVAC system to provide heat. 

If the thermostat isn’t responding or doesn’t light up, remove the unit from the wall and change the batteries. Once it’s working, check that the temperature setting matches the comfort level you want to achieve. If necessary, lower it a few degrees and see if your AC kicks in within a minute or two. 

Does your thermostat display an error message? If so, check what the code means either onscreen or in the manual and whether you can resolve it without help.

AC Air Filter

If you haven’t changed the air filter in a while, it can become clogged and block airflow. A lack of airflow can prevent cool air from reaching the vents. Depending on how much you use the system, change the filter every one to three months. If the AC isn’t working or providing cool enough air, check for a dirty filter and replace it.

AC Vents

Look around your house for AC vents covered by furniture and other belongings. Perhaps someone accidentally covered an AC vent. Central air conditioning systems may work less efficiently if any vents get closed. Make sure all vents are open and unobstructed before calling a technician.

System Switches

The indoor air handler and outdoor unit each have a switch somewhere on their housing. Someone can accidentally flip a switch or leave it off. Turning a switch on is an easy way to get your AC working again. There’s no need to schedule an AC repair in Bradenton if this is the case.

Circuit Breaker

If the thermostat, filter, or switches don’t seem to be contributing to the problem, check the main electrical panel. A power surge or overload may have tripped a circuit breaker. Your AC will then have no power. Find the breaker for the AC in the main panel. If it is in the middle position, switch it off and turn it back on. Your air conditioner should now have power and start running again.

AC Drain Line

A blocked drain line can cause condensation to build up and overflow, leading to water damage. To prevent this, your AC has a float switch or emergency cutoff. The mechanism is either built into the drain line or connected to the drain pan. If your AC shuts down, look for standing water, a full drain pan, or a clog in the drain line; if possible, you can try to clear or flush the line. Call for help if you’re unsure how to do this or are unsuccessful.

When to Call an AC Repair Service

Call your local AC repair company if:

  • Little or no air blows from the vents
  • Only hot or warm air is blowing
  • Your AC makes loud, high-pitched noises
  • The unit releases burning or musty odors
  • The electric bill suddenly spikes

Call Tri County Air for AC Repair in Bradenton

The licensed HVAC technicians at Tri County Air can quickly diagnose and fix problems with Lennox, Daikin, York, Trane, Bryant/Carrier, Rheem, and other air conditioners. A 30-day guarantee means we won’t charge to come back and diagnose the issue after performing an initial repair. We also include parts and labor coverage for one year. To request AC repair service, call us 24/7, 365 days a year at (941) 485-2222.