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What Should You Do If Your A/C Goes Out This Summer?   

Aug 16, 2022 | A/C, Air Conditioner, Air Filter, Blog, Cincinnati, Cooling, Five Star, OH, Ohio, Summer, Thermostat, Tip & Tricks

Has your A/C been acting up? Do you know what to do if this happens? Perhaps you are unsure about what is safe to do and not do. If so, you’ve stumbled across the right place! Your Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati family is ready and here to help you with all your A/C needs. Suppose your air conditioner hasn’t given you any grief. In that case, we wholeheartedly believe it would be a fantastic idea to continue reading the following information, so you have a better idea of what to do if something unexpected happened to your cooling system. This way, you can be informed and prepared if an unfortunate surprise with your A/C were to surface.  

If Your A/C Were To Go This Out This Summer, What Is Safe To Do?  

Unexpected things happen all the time throughout life. You may be great at practicing preventative maintenance and keeping up with your HVAC system, but storms and power outages, and life in general happens, so it’s always best to stay two steps ahead and prepare in advance. If your A/C were to suddenly go out, the first thing you should do is make your way over to the thermostat and check the batteries. When thermostat batteries are low or nearing the end of their lives, it can cause the thermostat to not properly communicate with the air conditioning system. If you’ve checked the batteries, and that does not solve the issue, move on to the next basic troubleshooting step. This step is checking the circuit breaker. You never know if somehow the A/C switch got flipped without you noticing.  

After inspecting the circuit breaker, if you find that it is not the answer to your troubles, it is time to move on to checking the compressor located outdoors. The compressor is the large metal box located on either the side of your house or usually in the backyard. Scan the area to ensure there is no physical damage or harm to the unit. It’s always likely that a branch, outdoor object, or plant vegetation fell on top of the compressor or got caught in the unit’s fan blades. For this reason, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of occasionally checking this vicinity to confirm that the area remains clear of loose items or debris. Remember, it’s normal for the compressor to make a buzzing noise. However, if you notice an unfamiliar sound coming from the compressor, it is time to call a licensed HVAC professional like Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati.  

If Your A/C Were To Go Out This Summer, What Is Safe To NOT Do?  

Your A/C system is a complex machine that functions to provide relief and comfort by means of cool air to your household. So, we don’t recommend performing anything that can compromise your A/C system. You may be at a point where you are frustrated without a functioning A/C, but rest assured, everything will be alright. Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati has got you covered! You may consider yourself a handy type of person, so if this is the case, please bear in mind that unless you are a licensed HVAC technician, we do not suggest performing extensive troubleshooting or DIY repairs on your system. DIY repairs can lead to further disastrous issues that may occur one after the other. This, of course, can lead to expensive repair after repair to rectify the issue. So please, take our word for it, and call a professional. In addition, there are safety hazards that can stem from DIY repairs. So, it’s best not to run the risk. 

While waiting for your HVAC technician to arrive at your home, it may be tempting to look for ways to cool down. You should also stay away from opening windows or external doors. Doing this can actually allow the heat to enter your home faster. It’s also important to avoid using heat-producing appliances like your stove or dryer during this time. And last of all, please do not open your kitchen freezer to try and gain cooling relief. Doing this is not worth risking spoiling your frozen food for!   

Strategizing and having a plan formed ahead of time, in the case your air conditioner acts up out of nowhere, is always a good idea. You won’t find yourself caught up in a situation trying to figure out how to remedy it. And remember; you don’t have to carry your HVAC burdens alone. So, allow Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati to embark on your HVAC journey with you. The good news is we offer emergency services 24/7, 365 days a year. So, we are here for you any time of the day! Call us at (513) 216-5011, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!