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AC Troubleshooting: 15 Minute Guide

For some people, the thought of fiddling with their air conditioner gives them nightmares. For others, it’s an opportunity to advance their skill set, try something new, and learn a few things along the way. If you’re in the latter category, we’ve heard your cries! Not only that, we’ve provided some tips for how to troubleshoot your air conditioner in just 15 minutes. We’ll continue to repeat this throughout the post but, to be clear, if you get in over your head or you notice any major issues with your AC unit, you should immediately stop tinkering and call a professional. At Jack Lehr Heating, Cooling & Electric, our NATE-certified technicians would be happy to help with any AC repair or replacement needs you may have!

Call us now at 610-596-9967 to schedule a repair or replacement service for your Allentown, PA air conditioner!

Check Your Air Filter

One quick way to prevent, or put an end to, unnecessary HVAC complications is to regularly check the air filters in your home. If the filter is clean, good for you! Put it back and move on to the next one. If your air filter is dirty, you should immediately change it because it could be the source of several issues. A dirty air filter could cause:

  • Weak airflow
  • Water leaks
  • Insufficient cooling

By regularly checking and changing your air filters, you could also help to lower your energy bills and prevent equipment failure.

Adjust Your Thermostat

If hot or warm air is blowing through your air vents, or your air conditioner won’t come on at all, improper thermostat settings could be to blame. If you lower the thermostat by a few degrees and it still isn’t working, you might have a faulty motor on your hands. However, it could also be an issue with the thermostat controls, or even the power source. Either way, you’ll need to call a local professional in this case. At Jack Lehr, our experts provide thermostat installation, repair, and wiring services that could get your heating and cooling system back on track!

Schedule an appointment for thermostat services with the professionals at Jack Lehr today!  

Check Your Outdoor AC Unit

Sometimes your air conditioner isn’t providing sufficient cooling throughout your home because the outdoor unit is caked with dirt or surrounded by too many plants or foliage. A constant need for HVAC repairs, bills that are abnormally high, or warm air flowing from your vents could also be attributed to an outdoor unit that isn’t properly cared for. If you notice some light dirt on the AC unit, take your water hose and gently spray it until it’s clean. If it is really dirty and hard to clean, don’t risk damaging your unit. Instead, give us a call at 610-596-9967 and we’ll come evaluate the condition of your HVAC system for you!

Clear Air Vents

This is a quick task but it could make a big difference. If your vents are closed or blocked, a number of problems could ensue, including water and duct leaks, overall cooling inefficiencies, and blower motor problems. You might have been told that it’s a good idea to close vents in certain rooms of your home, but that’s not exactly true. By doing this, you’re making your heating and cooling system work harder than it needs to.

Air Conditioner Repair & Replacement Services in Allentown, PA

If you run into trouble while attempting these troubleshooting suggestions, we would strongly encourage you to stop what you’re doing and call the experts. While some issues with your air conditioner can be quickly fixed, others need the specific care and attention to detail that only a certified technician can supply. If the problem is past the point of repair, you will need to schedule an air conditioner replacement. But how do you know the difference? Read our post about AC repair vs. AC replacement for some better insight! At Jack Lehr Heating, Cooling & Electric, we only hire full-time technicians that have been highly trained in the latest HVAC technology, as well as quality service and customer satisfaction.

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