The weather is heating up many of us are becoming reliant on our air conditioners to stay comfortable at home or at work. It would be a disaster if your AC chose this season to break down entirely and leave you sweating. If you’re in this position, don’t sweat it! Read on to find out what to do when your AC system stops working.
Check for an instant fix
There may be a quick solution for why your air conditioner isn’t working properly, or at all. Do the necessary checks to start with to check for easy solutions. For example, check that your thermostat is on the right setting and that someone hasn’t messed with the temperature. If the AC isn’t doing anything at all, then you might need to check the fuse box to make sure a fuse hasn’t blown.
Call for emergency HVAC repair
If there isn’t an obvious solution to your AC issues, then the next step is to call out and emergency HVAC repair company. A professional will be able to identify the problem and how to solve it, replacing any parts that are faulty or broken. This will, hopefully, avoid you having to replace the unit entirely, which can be pricey.
How to stay cool in the meantime
You might sometimes have to wait for someone to come over and repair your machine, if it shuts down in the middle of the night, for example. If you’re stuck for a while, then here are a few tips for staying cool while your AC is out:
- Windows –During the evening and nights, once the sun has gone down and the heat outside is less intense, crack open the windows to let some cooler air circulate in your home. During the day, it is better to keep the windows closed and your blinds or curtains closed to keep the heat out.
- Fans – Fans can make you feel cooler when you place them in the room that you’re in, although they might not actually lower the room temperature. Placing them by windows while they’re open at night can also help to circulate the cool air from outside around the room.
- Power down – Anything you run inside your house, such as the oven, dishwasher, and dryer, generate heat inside your home. Keep these off to reduce the amount of heat circulating your home.