Air Conditioner Breaks: What to Do in the Summer

Air Conditioner Breaks: What to Do in the SummerWhen a broken air conditioner occurs, it always seems to be at the worst possible time. Come to think of it, there’s no good time to be without cool comfort during a hot South Texas summer. Certainly, professional A/C repair ASAP becomes a high priority for everyone in the household. Before you make that call, however, you can try a couple of quick troubleshooting measures that might get that broken air conditioner back online.

  • If the unit cycles on but keeps turning off again, a sensor may be automatically shutting down the system to prevent overheating the compressor. A common cause is low airflow due to a clogged air filter. Replace the filter if it appears to be dirty and then try again. If there’s no improvement, call for professional service.
  • Check the main electrical panel and look for a tripper circuit breaker. If you find one, reset it and see if the A/C starts. If it does—but quickly trips the breaker again—you’ll need a qualified HVAC service tech to resolve the problem.

In the meantime, remember that an overheated house can be a health hazard. Keep cool and safe with these simple techniques.

  • Close drapes and blinds during the day. Sunlight streaming in through windows contains solar energy that heats the interior of your hot house even more.
  • Circulate air. Moving air evaporates perspiration, providing a cooling sensation. Turn on ceiling fans if you have them. Position box fans to move air throughout the house.
  • Turn off lights. All light bulbs generate a small amount of heat (which you don’t need any more of, especially during the day.) This includes compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs, too.
  • Dress to stay cool. Light colors and baggy clothing including shorts and short-sleeve shirts is best.
  • Stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you’re already thirsty. Sip water and/or sports drinks throughout the day. Alcoholic drinks are dehydrating and best avoided.

For prompt professional service to revive a broken air conditioner in the Coastal Bend, contact CCAC.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about your HVAC system, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.

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