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AC Troubleshooting: Things to Check Before Calling a Tech

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When you need relief from the heat, you need it fast. No one wants to wait around in the smoldering heat for your AC system to be fixed, but with high demand for AC professionals, you may not have a choice.

Plenty can go wrong with your AC system, but before calling in the professionals, take a look at Getzschman’s guide for things to check before calling your tech.

 

When Your AC Unit Won’t Turn On

  • Check your thermostat: Make sure your thermostat is set to cool instead of heat or being off completely. 
  • Check Your Electrical Panel: Make sure the breaker isn’t tripped. 
  • Check the Power Switch: Sounds silly, but make sure your furnace/AC unit’s power is switched on. Also, make sure to check to outdoor unit for the same thing. 
  • Check the Batteries: If none of these work, you may need to replace the batteries in your thermostat.

When Your AC Runs But Doesn’t Cool

  • Check the Filter: A dirty air filter can cause a lot more problems than you might think, and in some cases, can shut down your entire AC system! To avoid this drama and make sure your system runs smoothly, we recommend changing your filter every month. 
  • Check for Ice: Take a look at behind the front door of your unit and look for ice. If it has frozen over, turn on the fan to let it thaw out. Remember to be patient. This may take a few hours. If your system thaws and then quickly freezes up again, it may be time to call a professional. 
  • Check the Drain: Algae has a tendency to build up in the condensate drain, the plastic pipe that comes out of the side of the indoor unit. Failure to clean this regularly could result in the failure of your AC unit. 
  • Check the Outdoor Compressor: Make sure your outdoor compressor is working by turning on your AC system and listening for it to kick on. If you find the fan isn’t moving, try pressing the override button, or a reset switch if possible. If this doesn’t work you may need to clean it and try giving the fan blade a little push to get started. If all it needed was a little push, this means you have a bad capacitor that needs replacing. 

When Your AC Motor Runs But Doesn’t Blow Air

  • Check the Belt: When your motor is running, but the fan isn’t moving air, this could mean your belt is broken. The belt connects the motor and the fan, so you need to turn off this unit before opening the door to check the belt. If you have a gas unit, make sure you turn the gas off before doing the same. 
  • Check the Fan: Some fans and motors have sealed bearings that require oiling from time to time. Your problem could be that you need to lubricate the fan. If this is the case, follow the manufacturer’s directions and oil the bearings accordingly.

 

Still No Signs of Life?

Time to call your tech. Utilizing these troubleshooting tips can save time and money, but if you’ve tried everything and still have no luck, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

Need some help? Visit our website to find out how Getzschman can help with all of your air conditioning needs!

 

7 Houseplants That Can Help You Breathe Easier

Did you know that indoor air is typically more polluted than outdoor air? Everyday items such as furniture, upholstery, cleaning products and even synthetic building materials can emit toxic chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde into your home. Yuck!

Luckily, the Getzschman Heating and Cooling team has an affordable and aesthetically pleasing way to combat these dangerous chemicals in your home: houseplants. Many indoor houseplants have been known to reduce certain chemicals and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and are a great alternative for purifying the air inside your home.

Check out these seven houseplants that can help you breathe easier today.

1. Aloe Vera

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This stylish succulent has been around for thousands of years and is known for the gel it produces that helps heal cuts and burns. Aside from healing skin, Aloe Vera helps clear air of formaldehyde and benzene, which can be emitted by certain paints and chemical-based cleaners in your home.

This plant is easy to grow and even easier to maintain. However, be careful: this plant is easier to overwater than underwater.

 

Related Read: Tips for Caring for Your Aloe Vera Plant

 

2. Snake Plant

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This plant is also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, and is also one of the hardest houseplants to kill. They are great for removing chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. These plants are typically used in bathrooms because they thrive in low light and humid conditions.

Helpful Tip: Snake plants follow the opposite process of most plants, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen at night, rather than during the day. Put one in your bedroom to give yourself a slight oxygen boost and improve your quality of sleep.

 

 

3. Gerbera Daisy

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This beautifully colorful flower helps filter out benzene that is found in fabric inks as well as trichloroethylene which may be brought into the house with dry cleaning. These plants love lots of sunlight and well-drained soil.

Try one in your laundry room or near a sunny window in the kitchen. You can find these at most nurseries, and they come in a variety of different colors.

Related Read: Gerbera Daisy Plant Care

 

4. Peace Lily

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The peace lily was at the top of NASA’s list for removing formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene – the three most common VOCs. This plant is very forgiving and likes shade and weekly watering in order to bloom.

Helpful Tip: The peace lily will even tell you when it’s time to water! You’ll know it’s time when the plant begins to droop slightly.

 

5. Azalea

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This vibrant flowering shrub can help reduce formaldehyde throughout your home.

Azaleas are perfect for basements because they like cool temperatures, but make sure to give them some sunlight to feed on.

These gorgeous flowers come in a variety of different colors and sizes to fit your decor. However, keep these away from small children and animals because the nectar and leaves are known to be highly poisonous.

 

6. Spider Plant

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This resilient plant is great for forgetful owners who have trouble maintaining plants. The spider plant thrives in cool-to-average temperatures and with bright, indirect sunlight.

This plant battles chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. Unlike the azalea plant, this plant is considered safe for homeowners with pets and small children.

Fun Fact: Spider plants will grow flowers that eventually turn into baby spider plants, also known as spiderettes.

 

7. Chrysanthemum

chrysanthemum-mum-air-quality-getzschmanThese bright flowers are not only great for brightening your home, they also fight benzene, which is commonly found in plastics, detergent and paints throughout your home. In order for these flowers to bloom they need lots of bright light.

Chrysanthemums are also known for the wide variety of colors they come in, so pick a color that will give your home that extra pop of color you’re looking for.

Helpful Tip: When choosing chrysanthemums for indoor purposes, make sure to choose the floral variety instead of the garden variety.

 

Worried about the air quality in your home? Getzschman can help!  Find out more ways to improve your indoor air quality and visit our website to see how we can help.