Mike Donley of Donley Service Centers, a former BBB Ethics Award winner with a current A+ rating has this to say about the current AC issues of homeowners:
Lots of people are concerned about how long their a/c is running during these hot summer days.
According to Mike Donley, of Donley Service Centers “Anytime the temps are 110+ the systems are maxed out and have a hard time cooling the home. The number one thing to remember all the time, and especially in the summer is to change your filter each month. A regular maintenance check up should have been done in the spring to ensure no major issues will happen in the summer.”
For now, homeowners should follow these tips.
Keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature of 78 or warmer, don’t mess with it. If you can program it, that’s even better. This will save you money in the long run on your electric bill.
Also, make sure the area around the outside unit is clear (nothing leaning up against the unit such as garbage, shrubs, etc.). Keep doors and windows and shades closed as much as possible. If you have a pet that uses a dog door, make sure its got a good flap/seal on it. Limit using your oven to cook and also limit the amount of times the kids keep running back and forth in and outside to the yard. Another tip you may not be aware of is if the humidity goes up, don’t leave the indoor fan/blower on, and switch it to the auto position on the thermostat.
What to do before you call the repairman if the AC isn’t working:
If your a/c is not working (dead, won’t come on)
1. Make sure the temperature is set low enough (below the temperature of the room) to bring the unit on.
2. Try changing the fan switch from “auto” to “on”
a. if the fan comes on you will know there is power to the unit
b. if the fan doesn’t come on you probably have a power problem
3. If no power is going to the unit check the circuit breaker in your electrical panel
a. You can reset the breaker and see if power is restored
4. If no power after checking breaker
a. Most units have a fused disconnect at the unit. The fuses can be pulled out and tested at some local hardware stores.
If your a/c is running and blowing warm air
1. Check the air filter and make sure it is clean
2. Turn unit off and call Donley Service at (602) 870-6840
About Donley Service Centers:
Donley Service Center has been serving the valley with Honest, Committed, and Caring service since 1976. Over the years Donley Service Center has evolved by adding more services while maintaining it’s excellent reputation for providing quality repairs and installations in a customer oriented environment. Today, Jim along with company president Mike Donley, lead Donley Service Center in providing both residential and commercial customers award winning service for air conditioning, heating, plumbing, water systems, and solar hot water.