Before You Call Us!

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Before you call us, here are a few common problems you can check on your own to possibly save  yourself  a service call.

Air Conditioner/Heat Pump Not Cooling
  •  CHECK YOUR FILTERS and change them if you have not changed them in the past 30 days. See if this changes anything.
  •  Check to see if your thermostat is running. If the screen is blank, check to see if you have water in your drain pan, under your Air Conditioner Coil usually located in your attic. If you find water in the pan, you can use a shopvac or any other way to get the water out and your unit will usually reset itself and start again. There is an emergency switch in your pan for the reason of not allowing the water to overflow and cause a flood. Please note, that although you got the system running again, you will want to get a technician out soon after to see WHY the pan had water in it. Always keep a good eye on the water level in pan while waiting for a technician to come out.

Thermostat working?

  •  Check your thermostat settings and make sure you have the temperature set below the current room temperature and the system switch is on the COOL or AUTO position.
  •  Try to get the air conditioner to turn on by lowering the thermostat to its lowest temperature setting.
  • Check the power disconnect switch by each unit (Is it on or off) Please note you should not play around with this switch.
  • Check the fuse/breaker at the electrical panel for both the outdoor and indoor unit. Do not reset a tripped breaker. They can be very dangerous and may explode.
  • Make sure all registers are open and not obstructed.
Heat Pump/Furnance not Heating
  • CHECK YOUR FILTERS and change them if you have not changed them in the past 30 days. See if this changes anything.
  • Check your thermostat settings and make sure you have the temperature set below the current room temperature and the system switch is on the HEAT or AUTO position.
  • Try to get the air conditioner to turn on by lowering the thermostat to its highest temperature setting.
  • Make sure all registers are open and not obstructed.
  • Check the power disconnect switch by each unit (outdoor and indoor).
  • Check the fuse/breaker at the electrical panel for both the outdoor and indoor unit. Do not reset a tripped breaker. They can be very dangerous and may explode.

For Gas Furnace also check:

  • Check to make sure the gas control valve to the furnace is open.
  • Check the pilot light. (Electronic ignitions will not have a pilot light).

Q. I just changed my Thermostat and now it does not work.
A. You may have blown out an internal fuse or have lose connection or short circuited your wires. All will require an experienced technician to come out and fix.

If after going through these do-it-yourself checks you find you still have a problem with your heating or air conditioner system, please give us a call at (919) 886-4822

 

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Frank Alexander is an experienced engineering professional who holds a Master of Engineering degree from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the University of South Carolina.

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