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What to do When Your Air Conditioning System Breaks Down

June 9th, 2015

No homeowner expects the air conditioning system of their residence to break down when it happens. The aftermath of the AC malfunction can lead to extremely uncomfortable living conditions due to scorching temperatures. Stress levels can hit the roof fast, leaving homeowners scrambling to find out who to call and how to get it fixed promptly. While this emergency issue can be avoided with proper AC unit care and maintenance, breakdowns happen often. Since AC breakdowns seem to occur at the worst timing, knowing ahead of time how to handle the situation can be highly beneficial.


At Guaranteed Heating and Plumbing Inc., we specialize in responding to emergency breakdowns such as Air conditioning systems. The best approach to encountering an AC breakdown is by having a reaction plan. As a family owned business, we have helped out hundreds of homeowners with their AC malfunction by either replacing their unit or repairing it. Knowing what to do when the AC system fails will save time and money in the long run. Using our expertise in air conditioning, we have put together a few guidelines to follow in the event that an emergency occurs.


First Check the Thermostat

Sometimes the error is in the control system and not the AC unit itself. When the AC fails to work, it is possible that someone might have turned it off by accident or the thermostat lost its programming. If the issue seems to be the thermostat, you will be able to direct the repair technician where to start first.

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Inspect the Circuit Breaker Panel

Just like all the other appliances in the house, the AC unit uses a substantial amount of power. Sometimes the AC system may cause the circuit breaker to trip and may need to be reset. If you go to reset it and the AC still does not come back on, it is possible that there is a larger electrical issue at hand that needs to be taken care of by a professional.


Call a Licensed Technician Immediately

When an air conditioner unit malfunctions, it is best to leave it up to the care of a professional to avoid further damage. It is recommended not to attempt any more do-it-yourself fixes other than the two suggestions mentioned above. A highly trained technician from a reputable HVAC company such as us at Guaranteed Heating and Plumbing Inc. will act with fast response to your emergency call. Within a few hours, your air conditioning should be assessed, diagnosed, and repaired to make it work again. Most HVAC emergency services are operational 24 hours a day, like our company is.

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Collect Information for Decision-making

When your air conditioner fails to work and you have requested emergency HVAC service, one thing you can do to help with the process is to find out how old the AC unit is. Check your power bills over the last year to see if they have increased in cost. Knowing this information ahead of time will help you determine the best decision for your AC situation when the repair technician arrives. You can count on the HVAC professional to help you decipher what your best options are.


If you need air conditioning maintenance, inspection, repairs or replacement, contact us today at Guaranteed Heating and Plumbing Inc.



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