Undoubtedly, we’ve all been there at least once; on the hottest, muggiest, most humid day of the year your air conditioner stops working properly or breaks altogether. There’s no emergency quit like an AC emergency. But, before you panic and start calling every HVAC repairman in a 50 mile radius, there are some steps to take in order to evaluate the extent of the damage and the repairs needed.
#1 Check the circuit breaker – The high energy demand of some air conditioners can be enough to trip your breaker. Even if other parts of your home have power, the heating and air conditioning systems in most homes are on their own breaker, so start there.
#2 Assess the situation – Is the AC breaking at 10 p.m. on a humid 80 degree evening the end of the world? Probably not. Sure, it’s sticky and uncomfortable, but is it worth the high cost of a late-night HVAC repairman coming out after hours? Unless someone’s health is at risk, consider waiting until the morning to call your HVAC Northern Virginia experts at Eastern Tech to come out and service your system.
#3 Avoid DIY Repairs – You’re first instinct may be to pull out the tools and start tinkering around to find the problem. Don’t! Unless you have HVAC experience, you’re likely to only make matters worse, not the mention it can be dangerous. Leave the repairs to the professionals!