The temperatures have been steadily climbing. And you know what that means, especially here in Tampa: it’s time for the AC to reclaim its rightful place as the ruler of your home. Without it, everyone here would be in for a rough time, which is why it’s so important to make sure your AC works.

But every now and then, you get a frustrating surprise – you set the thermostat, and for whatever reason, your AC won’t turn on! Here are a few reasons you might be faced with this unfortunate setback. The pros at Acree Plumbing & Air will tell you what could be going on, so you know whether to call an expert to come fix it – or if you can just adjust a few things at home to get it back in working order.

Double-Check the Basics

Before you get into the nitty-gritty of specific AC problems, it helps to just go over the things you might’ve looked over by accident first. Even if you’re sure that you did these things in the first place, it can’t hurt. Who knows? Maybe you’ll realize you forgot something and  save yourself a significant amount of money and time.

  • Power: Is the power on? And if it’s on, is there a supply of electricity? If these are good to go, then make sure all the connections are secure and you don’t see any dangling wires or loose joints.
  • Vents: Sometimes we leave the vents closed, which can have a negative effect on your AC system. Open them up to get the air flowing.
  • Electricity Problem: Check the source of your power, either the breaker or fuse box. Did the breaker trip, or did something short-circuit? Or maybe a fuse blew and needs to be replaced? A quick inspection will reveal the answer.

Dirty/Clogged Filter

Believe it or not, a dirty air filter can have a bigger impact on your AC system than you’d think. If you’ve gone a while without replacing it, then your system is going to struggle to work as intended. Eventually, so much dirt will build up that it could prevent your AC system from even turning on in the first place.

Be sure to change your filter out every 30 days or so – and perhaps a little more or less depending on the type of filter you have.

Refrigerant Leak

Leaks aren’t always easy to detect. Unless you’re keenly aware of the symptoms – like a sudden drop in AC performance or rapidly fluctuating temperatures – you might not be able to tell when one has occurred.

But as a leak grows, it makes it harder for your AC system to reach the temperature you set it to. Go too long without addressing it, and your system could shut down completely. Call a professional if you think that you might be suffering from a refrigerant leak.

AC problems are no fun for anybody. But with Acree Plumbing & Air’s help, you won’t need to spend time figuring out what the issue is – our licensed and experienced technicians can figure it out for you in no time. Give us a call at (813) 530-9061 to learn more!