This weekend around the states, weather forecasters say a dangerous heat wave will begin to build this weekend and linger around until at least Friday. High temperatures in some locations are expected to top 100 degrees Tuesday through Friday, while accompanying high humidity will result in heat index readings between 105 and 115 degrees.
In times like these it’s important to stay cool. A lot of us depend on our air conditioning during this time. But what if it just magically stops? Now what? Don’t freak…at first. There are a few reasons why your air conditioning unit could have gone out.
The power may be out – Check the circuit breakers, fuses and plugs. Ensure that the circuit breakers are not tripped, or the fuses blown. Reset the circuit breakers if needed.
The batteries in the thermostat may need to be replaced – Check the batteries in the thermostat and replace them if needed.
The thermostat may be set incorrectly – Ensure that the thermostat is set to the A/C setting, COOL.
The thermostat may be set too high – Set the thermostat on the air conditioner below room temperature.
The selector switch may be set to FAN ONLY – Set the selector switch to circulate. Seal any leaks where the housing meets the window.
The outdoor temperature may be too cool – The outside temperature must be over 70° in order for the air conditioner to work to capacity. Set the thermostat to COOL first thing in the morning to maintain the temperature throughout the day.
There may be obstructions or debris in the ductwork blocking the flow of air – Clear the ducts and the unit of any debris or obstructions for proper air flow.
The registers may be closed – Open the register(s) to let air flow into the room(s).
If your unit is still not cooling or running properly, please give your service provider a call. And remember, air conditioners are designed to keep your home 20-25 degrees cooler than the temperature outdoors.
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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI
Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900