My Central Air Conditioner Isn’t Working. Why is that Happening?

Q: What’s one of the scariest moments of being a homeowner? A: Turning on your central air conditioner and noticing that it doesn’t work. Granted, sometimes your AC will need a few minutes to “rehearse” before “taking the stage,” but there are times when this important feature won’t work at all. Before holding auditions for an understudy, here are some possible reasons why your AC isn’t working:

Examine the Thermostat

We loathe to inform you, but one of the common reasons behind a ~broken~ central air unit happens to be the thermostat. You might be shaking your head right now, but it’s actually a reason why you’re still feeling the heat, rather than the cool air that you’re longing for.

When taking a closer look at your thermostat, you’ll want to make sure that you flip the switch from “heat” to “cool” on the device. Once that’s complete, your unit will take a few minutes to make a successful transition into a colder climate.

Another common issue, related to the thermostat, is that the temperature might be set too high. In order to receive cool air, make sure that the setting is lowered and then you should be good to go!

Change your Filter

When was the last time you changed the filter on your HVAC system? For some, the task could have been handled a few months ago, but this “chore” should happen a bit more frequently than you think. If your unit has a dull, dinghy filter, then that will restrict airflow and bring your central air to a screeching halt.

The best way to make sure that your filter is working up to par is to keep track of how often you change it. If that means using a pen and paper to set a reminder, so be it. Jotting down when you’ve changed your unit’s filter will help you keep track and will even help you see if you’re changing it too frequently, which means that your system might need a repair.

What Happens if my Central Air Still Doesn’t Work?

Look no further than Manchester’s Proactive Comfort. For expert service and repairs, give us a call at (603) 239-2346 to schedule your appointment. We also serve customers throughout Hooksett, Nashua, and Hillsborough County.

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