The heat of the summer is well on its way. As the Garden State temperatures climb into the 90’s and 100’s, air conditioning units have to work harder to maintain a cool climate indoors. If your unit breaks down, it’s important to have an action plan.
If your home is without air conditioning in a New Jersey heat wave, take these troubleshooting steps to make sure you spend the minimum amount of time possible without cooling relief.
1. Check/Reset Your Thermostat
Sometimes, programmable thermostats can malfunction. A common mistake is to program your system to turn air conditioners off when they should be on. If your air goes out suddenly, you can check to make sure it is a machinery issue by resetting your thermostat and then turning on the air.
2. Check the Circuit Breaker
When the air conditioning is on full blast, it can cause surges in electricity use. This may trip the circuit breaker, causing the power supply to be temporarily cut off. Before calling a professional, check your circuit breaker to see if the switch has been flipped. If so, flip it back to see if the air conditioning comes back on.
3. Stay Up-to-Date on the Details on Your Unit
Air conditioning units over 10 years old are more likely to fail and require repairs. If your New Jersey home is equipped with older air conditioning, it may be time to upgrade. Otherwise, you could be in for numerous a/c meltdowns.
4. Check for Electrical/Water Damage
When it comes to a broken air conditioner, you want to expect the worst and hope for the best. If it is not a circuit breaker or thermostat problem, inspect your air conditioner for damage. Rusted/leaking tubes, smoke and debris collected around the unit are all signs your air conditioner may need repair.
5. Have Alternate Air Conditioning Solutions
If your main source of air conditioning goes out, it is important to have a back-up. From fans to window units, there are a number of affordable air conditioning solutions you can purchase until your home system is repaired or upgraded.
6. Call a Professional
During a heat wave, HVAC companies get a surge in calls requesting air conditioning repairs and service. Depending on who you call, you could be waiting days for a technician to correct the issue.
Princeton Fuel Oil offers next day A/C service so you do not have to swelter. Our certified technicians arrive at your home ASAP to repair your air conditioner for summer heat relief.
Pro Tip: Stay Up With Maintenance
The best way to avoid a summer breakdown is to keep your air conditioner in top shape. By replacing air filters, draining lines and checking refrigerant levels in the late spring, you can be sure your air conditioner is prepared for a long hot summer.
If your unit does break down, Princeton Fuel Oil will be there for you. You can contact us anytime this summer for next day a/c service.