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My Air Conditioner Won't Work - 5 Things You Can Check Yourself

Posted by John Sims on Fri, Apr, 13, 2018 @ 10:04 AM

The warm weather is just around the corner for Battle Creek homeowners. 5 AC ChecksThinking about your air conditioner becomes more important. What condition was it at the end of last season and over the winter.

When your air conditioner won't come on, it can be very frustrating; you just sit there and sweat! No Fun!

Air Conditioners are designed for reliability (assuming they've been maintained) over a long period and are one of the most expensive and most needed appliances in almost every home.  

Reasons for the air conditioner not working can be complex or very simple. While you are probably better off leaving the difficult problems of thermocouples, wiring and motors to a qualified professional, there are a good number of things you can check before you phone a qualified HVAC contractor for service.

Here are some initial things to check if you decide to do your own troubleshooting: 

Check the settings on your thermostat. Make sure the temperature control selector is set below the current room temperature, and the system switch is on the COOL or AUTO position. The fan switch should be set to ON for continuous airflow or AUTO if you want the blower to operate only while the air conditioner is operating.

Try to get the air conditioner to turn on by lowering the thermostat to its lowest temperature setting.

If the air flow out of your registers seems low, check the air filter. An extremely dirty air filter can block air flow.

Make sure all registers are open and not obstructed.

Check the power disconnect switch by each unit (outdoor and indoor).

Check the fuse/breaker at the electrical panel for both the outdoor and indoor unit.

If the problem persists, please call us.

Here's a little more in-depthl trouble-shooting Follow These 5 Steps When You A/C Isn't Cooling Your Home. It just might save you a service call.

Follow This Trouble-Shooting Checklist First Yourself (if you feel comfortable doing it.)

Try 'Troubleshooting' The Problem:

  1. The first place to look is the thermostat. It may sound simple, but check to see that it is turned on. All modern thermostats have an on off switch, but they are not clearly labeled with an “on” position. The “on” position is labeled “heat” or “cool.” Obviously you want to make sure the switch is in the “cool” position. If you have a programmable thermostat be sure you bypass the program by adjusting the temperature number and pressing the “hold” button. If the A/C still does not come on you’ll want to check to see if your thermostat has a replaceable battery and check it. 
  2. If your A/C system still does not come on, look for an on/off switch at the furnace itself. It looks just like a light switch and is often attached to the unit itself, or very nearby. Make sure the switch is on. If you have central air-conditioning as part of your system and it worked properly over the summer, then more than likely your switch is already on. 
  3. Is the furnace/air handler fan running? If it is not, then, check to see if the fan on the outside unit is running. If the fan on the outside unit is not running either, check to make sure that the breakers in your electric panel for the furnace/air handler and the air conditioner are on.  The breaker could have tripped and the solution to the problem could be as easy as flipping the switch.  
  4. If all switches are on, the problem could be with the cover on the front of the furnace. The cover often has a trip switch which shuts off the system when it is opened. If the cover is not properly closed, the switch can prevent the blower in your furnace from running.  
  5. If the blower(in your furnace) is running but the fan on the outside unit is not, then continue your air conditioner troubleshooting at the outside unit. If the blower on the furnace is running, check to see if you see any frost or ice around the units. You might also notice water around the furnace. Is there ice on the copper lines going outside? If yes, then shut the outside unit off for a couple of hours but let the blower on the furnace run. This will allow the ice to melt.(also a good time to have it serviced)

 

 

Topics: Air Conditioning Tune Up, Emergency Repair, Air Conditioners

Happy Summer Solstice 2017 (The Official Beginning)

Posted by John Sims on Wed, Jun, 21, 2017 @ 13:06 PM

Ahh, the longest day. Sunrise: 6:05 AM, Sunset: 9:28 PM, Hours of Daylight: 15:23 hr. The official start to summer is here! Although today's low humidity and moderate temperature don't get you thinking about the condition of you air conditioner, summer heat and humidity will arrive soon arrive.

Of course that's when you system really gets a workout and unfortunately, those that have not been maintained will experience breakdowns really make you sweat. "NO COOL" phone calls start lighting up our phone system.

"Help, I need for emergency air conditioning repair; when can you get here?" Trying to get someone out quickly may be a challenge.

How Quickly Can I Have Emergency Air Conditioning Repairs Performed?

Emergency air conditioning repair contractors are very busy during the summer, tending to emergency situations. When a breakdown occurs, you may be hard pressed to find a contractor who can come out to fix your system right away. You'll have to call around to find one who can help you out in a bind.

How Much Do Emergency Air Conditioning Repairs Cost?

If your air conditioner breaks down over night or on the weekend, you’ll need to find a contractor who offers emergency service to tend to your system. Emergency repairs typically come with overtime charges or increased labor rates. With contractors’ busy schedules during the summer months, you may be able to have emergency air conditioning repairs performed sooner if you choose emergency service rather than get on a contractor’s schedule and wait for their next availability. I realize this reality doesn't necessarily help you in your situation.

Now may be a good time for you to start building a relationship with a credible contractor. An ongoing relationship with a credible contractor will help you prevent that situation from happening. could be your key to quick cooling system repairs.

Have You Ever Thought About A Service Agreement?

Ben Franklin's quote may fit nicely here  - “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Maintenance isn’t the only benefit of such agreements – many contractors offer priority service for emergency air conditioning repairs as a benefit to preventative maintenance agreements. 

At Sims Heating and Cooling, we offer annual planned service agreements to properly maintain your heating and cooling equipment to prevent breakdowns.  With over 40 years, history has taught us that homeowners who take advantage of our Annual Planned Service Agreements rarely if ever, have the dreaded 'no heat' or 'no cool' emergencies.

The #1 problem homeowners face is letting their furnace or air conditioner run until it fails. We figure somewhere in the neighborhood of 85-90% of homeowners do this very thing. That's unacceptable to us.

An important benefit of the Annual Planned Service Agreement is Free 24 Hour Priority Service, 365 Days/YR - When you have an emergency, you can rest assured Sims Heating & Cooling Service Inc....WILL BE THERE! Our commitment to program customers means we will have a technician to your door within 24 hours of calling our office.

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Topics: Maintenance, Air Conditioning, Emergency Repair

Merry Christmas To All!

Posted by John Sims on Fri, Dec, 23, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

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As we gather with families this weekend we wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas. I'm sure we can all appreciate the small things in our lives even in these more challenging times.

May comfort and joy be part of your celebrations with friends and familes.

We are thankful for those who have invited us into your home to service, repair or replace your furnace or air conditioner. If we haven't had a chance to meet, we would appreciate the opportunity to showcase How We Work.

If you find yourself in a NO HEAT emergency don't hesitate to contact us. We can be reached  - Emergency Service Available

 

Topics: Furnace, Heat Loss, Emergency Repair

"T.G.I.F" - Thank God I've a Furnace (that works)

Posted by John Sims on Fri, Dec, 16, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

OK I tried to make the letters work. With the cold weather we know many homes are experiencing "NO HEAT". Here's the "polar vortex' from space showing the cold we are experiencing.

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Here's are recommendations if you find yourself in this situation

The 4 Steps That Solves Your 'NO HEAT' Emergency!

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Check these 5 things first yourself (if you feel comfortable doing it.)

 

Try 'Troubleshooting' The Problem:

  1. The first place to look is the thermostat. It may sound simple, but check to see that it is turned on. All modern thermostats have an on off switch, but they are not clearly labeled with an “on” position. The “on” position is labeled “heat” or “cool.” Obviously you want to make sure the switch is in the “heat” position. If you have a programmable thermostat be sure you bypass the program by adjusting the temperature number and pressing the “hold” button. If the heater still does not come on you’ll want to check to see if your thermostat has a replaceable battery and check it.
  2. If your heater still does not fire up, look for an on/off switch at the furnace itself. It looks just like a light switch and is often attached to the unit itself, or very nearby. Make sure the switch is on. If you have central air-conditioning as part of your system and it worked properly over the summer, then more than likely your switch is already on.
  3. If your switch is on and the furnace has still yet to run, check the breakers in your electric panel. The breaker could have tripped and the solution to the problem could be as easy as flipping the switch.
  4. If all switches are on, the problem could be with the cover on the front of the furnace. The cover often has a trip switch which shuts off the system when it is opened. If the cover is not properly closed, the switch can prevent the furnace from running.
  5. If the furnace comes on and you don’t feel any hot air it could be that the furnace is not getting any fuel, or the pilot light is not lit. Check the fuel line and be sure that the valve is turned on. You can tell if the fuel valve is on if the handle runs parallel with the fuel line. If the handle is perpendicular to the line it is in the off position. If at this point you don’t feel any heat you may want to be sure you have paid the gas bill, or have oil in your tank.

If These Simple Fixes Don’t Solve The Problem, Don't Hesitate To Call Us!! 

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During Business Hours: Call our office and we'll schedule the appointment and dispatch a service tech as fast as possible.

After Business Hours/Weekends: Our 24/7 answering service takes the call, an on-call service tech who will return the call to schedule the appointment; minimizing your stress and inconvenience. (Our 24/7 Emergency Service ‘really is’ 24/7.)


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Topics: Heat Loss, Furnace Failure, Emergency Repair

Can You "Trust Your Mechanic" (Contractor)?

Posted by John Sims on Mon, Feb, 22, 2016 @ 12:02 PM

I ran across this article and it caught my attention. It is common place for Trust4.pnghomeowners to have a similar distrust with contractors as they do with mechanics. Chances are they've heard from friends or some TV expose on the news about getting "ripped off". You hear similar stories in our industry.

As a contractor who has been in the area for a long time, we are always working to overcome those fears and concerns of being 'ripped off' homeowners have if they've never done business with us before.

Here's some of what the article " Can You Trust Your Mechanic":

"If a mechanic says your car isn’t running properly, you’re entitled to a simple explanation. In most cases, he or she should be able to explain the problem in detail, in terms that you can understand."

"This sort of thing has been going on for years. Dealers and repair shops are, for the most part, honest because they want to get repeat business. There are, however, some folks out there who take advantage of customers who are not automobile savvy. I have seen this at dealers, major chain repair shops and independent mechanic shops."

"In another case my father, who did all of the work on his cars, replaced the brakes on my mother's car. Seeing that the car also needed tires, he then drove the car to a major department store auto center and selected tires. He was told that it would take about an hour to get the tires installed. After shopping in the mall for about an hour, he returned to pick up the car and was informed that he also needed brakes! My dad, knowing that the car had only been driven less than 5 miles since he installed new brakes, turned to the customers in line behind him and said 'Leave here, these people are crooks.'"

"The point is that unless you have a good relationship with the shop, always beware. Just like with doctors, a second opinion can be helpful as can the recommendations of family and friends."

"In the end, you can avoid headaches by using your network of friends to find a local mechanic with whom you can build a relationship."

We don't tell you "We're the Ones to Trust"! We hope you get the 'gut' feeling about us. It starts with our website content which helps you educate yourself on as many topics as possible.

Building a relationship with homeowners for the life of their homeownership is our primary goal - It's why we created the Monthly Email Filter Change Reminder, It's FREE.

Topics: Maintenance, Air Filters, Emergency Repair, How We Work

Sick of Losing Your Power?

Posted by John Sims on Tue, Dec, 29, 2015 @ 14:12 PM

With recent weather events, plenty of homeowners have lost power here in Michigan. I saw these headlines: "Winter storm cuts power to nearly 33,000 in NoPower.pngMichigan". Monday's storm that brought strong winds, ice and sleet has knocked out power to nearly 33,000 Consumers Energy customers in lower Michigan.

The National Weather Service warned that widespread outages were possible due to wind gusts out of the east that were expected to surpass 35 mph in some locations. Spotty 50 mph gusts were expected in lower Southwest Michigan 

The breaking down the numbers of power outages in our area was Kalamazoo County escaped, with only 57 customers still in the dark, Calhoun County had 1,140 and Jackson County had 3,854.

Power outage in the home can be a nuisance to some and a frightening event to others. You never know how long it's going to last and what the consequences are for you and your family.

This is why we've been installing back-up power generators for years. More and more homeowners are making the investment once and for all.

It's a great option to being left in the dark for many homeowners. When the grid is down because of storms, hurricanes, freezing temperatures, or other natural disasters, it’s never certain how long it will take to restore power to homes. In order to stay prepared, having a backup generator in place will provide your home with temporary power during an emergency.

Permanent Or Portable Generators?

There are two types of generators: permanent standby and portable. Each carries benefits and drawbacks, so make an informed decision based on the geography of your home and how much power you’ll need if the lights go out.

Before You Buy

Determine which items are needed in an emergency. Remember: Homes in climates that have freezing temperatures need to protect against frozen pipes and the furnace will need to be on emergency power.

To save the food in the freezer, the refrigerator will need to be on the system, as well as any stand-alone freezer. Homes with well-water will need to have the well pump on the generator system if toilets are to be flushed.

Total the watts needed to determine what size generator is required. Consider both running and starting watts. An electrician can help make this determination, or you can check the manufacturer information for each appliance. Determine your budget. The cost of permanently installed standby generators has come down during the past few years, making them more affordable. Determine if you want a system that operates automatically – even when you are not at home.

So if the thought had occurred to you to check into this option give us a call or email us.

Topics: Emergency Repair, Electrical, Back-Up Power

Valentine Day 2015: The Start Of Frigid Winter Weather

Posted by John Sims on Sat, Feb, 14, 2015 @ 16:02 PM

First of all Happy Valentine's Day. I hope your 'warm' heart can make up for the frigid cold weather we are Valentines30belowexperiencing. It looks like we're headed into an extremely cold spell where your furnace will really get a workout. They are predicting 30 below wind chill temps. It looks more like the Arctic.

Your furnace will be doing a lot of work over the next few weeks, so you want to make sure that it's working when you need it the most. Having dependable heat is critical just for your survival and the protection of your water pipes.

Keep in mind your furnace doesn't care what time it breaks down. If you find yourself without heat at night or over the weekend, it's best to call a trained professional. Your furnace is one of the most dangerous appliances in the home, when we're working on it, we're working with both explosive gases and electricity; not recommend that homeowners play with it too much.

If you find yourself without heat, please call our 24/7 emergency service. We have True 24 Hour Emergency Service - our answering service will contact an on-call service tech who will return the call. 

Now is a good time to check the air filter, make sure it's clean. If you haven't changed it this winter, it can be collecting a lot of dust which can cause a problem with your furnace producing reliable heat.

Before you express your dislike for winter I thought I'd share some photos from a friend of mine that illustrates some of the beauty of winter. These are some shots from the Grand Haven area. Many people don't get to the lakeshore this time a year. Enjoy!

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Also, it's never too late for a furnace tune up. We still have plenty of the heating season left and you'll be all set for next Fall. A tune-up includes checking safety switches, cleaning flame sensors, clearing the drain and several other procedures.

A few reminders: If you have a wood burning fireplace, make sure you aren't having some kind of build up in your chimney. It should be cleaned by a chimney sweep. Also, make sure outside vents are clear of debris and insulate exposed pipes. Plumbers recommend that if you're concerned about them freezing up, you may want to maintain a continuous drip run.

Let us know if you have any questions you need answered.

Topics: Air Filters, Furnace Repair, Furnace Failure, Emergency Repair

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