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As temperatures rise here in the Denver metro area, the last thing you want is for your air conditioning to fail you when you most need it. Imagine cranking up the AC on a scorching day, only to be met with warm air! There are a few DIY steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue before calling us. Here’s a quick guide to help you diagnose and potentially fix common AC problems yourself.

Check Thermostat Settings:

The first step in troubleshooting your AC is to check the thermostat settings. Ensure it’s set to “cool” and that the desired temperature is lower than the current room temperature. Also, make sure the system is switched to “on”. When first turning on your system for the season, these small details can be overlooked.

Dirty Air Filter:

You’ve heard us say it over and over, but one of the most common culprits behind an underperforming HVAC system is a dirty air filter. A clogged air filter restricts airflow, making it harder for your AC to cool your home effectively. Especially in Denver’s dusty climate, it’s essential to replace your air filter regularly. This is especially important if you have pets at home, as pet hair can quickly clog up filters.

Frozen Coils:

If your air conditioner is blowing cold air but very little of it, the coils might be frozen. This can occur due to a variety of reasons, including a dirty filter, a thermostat set too low, or even a refrigerant leak. Turn off your AC and allow the ice to melt naturally before restarting it. If the issue persists, please contact us for further diagnosis and repair.

Tripped Circuit Breaker:

Check your breaker box to see if the circuit breaker has tripped and reset it if necessary. However, be cautious not to overload the circuit by turning on other appliances at the same time. If the breaker trips again, it could indicate a more significant electrical issue that requires the expertise of a qualified electrician.

Blower Fan Issues:

If you can hear your AC running but no air is flowing through the vents, the blower fan might be the culprit. This could be due to a faulty motor, a loose belt, or other mechanical issues. Attempting to fix blower fan issues on your own can be complex and potentially dangerous, so it’s advisable to leave it to us, the professionals. Contact us!

Debris Around Outdoor Unit:

Keeping the outdoor unit of your AC system free from debris is crucial for ensuring optimal performance. Leaves and debris tend to accumulate around the outdoor unit over the winter months. These can block airflow and hinder the efficiency of your AC system. Make it a habit to regularly inspect the area around the unit and remove any fallen leaves, twigs, and overgrown vegetation. We also offer an annual AC Tune-Up in which we clean and inspect the outdoor unit.

Remember, Fix-It Now is here whenever you need us, so if the problem persists or if you’re unsure about performing any DIY repairs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance!