Before You Call
If the thermostat is not working properly, it cannot signal the AC unit to turn on. A blank thermostat could simply be caused by dead batteries, a tripped breaker, or a blown fuse.
When was the last time the filter was changed? A clogged filter will cause the unit to run harder and longer, increasing the wear and tear on your system. Purchase a good quality, pleated filter and replace monthly, especially if you have a lot of foot traffic or pets.
Various situations, such as a lightning storm, can trip your AC’s circuit breaker. Check your breaker box and reset as needed. Don’t forget that your unit may have a disconnect switch by the outside condenser unit or in the AC closet near the indoor unit. If this problem continues to happen, contact us. This could be a sign of a more serious problem which is causing the unit to overheat.
AC units require maintenance just like your vehicle. Drain lines and condenser coils need to be cleaned regularly, and filters need to be changed monthly. If you are not comfortable doing the maintenance yourself, our technicians would be happy to perform preventive maintenance for you.
First, shut off the water supply by turning the knob (usually located behind the toilet). This will prevent the toilet from overflowing. Now, try to clear the clog with a plunger. You can also try pouring about a quart of very hot water in the toilet. This can help break up the clog. Another option would be to pour ¼ cup of Dawn dish soap into the toilet and let sit for ½ hour or so. This can help lubricate the clog for easier plunging.
Slow or Clogged Bathroom Drain
Bathroom drain clogs are often caused by a buildup of hair, mildew, and soap scum. “Plastic hair snakes” can be purchased inexpensively at your local hardware store. Slide the “snake” into the drain. This tool will grab onto the hair, allowing you to easily pull it out, clearing the drain.
Clogged Kitchen Drain
Remove any standing water from sink. Pour boiling water down the drain. It may take several attempts, but usually this will loosen the clog. You could also try pouring ½ cup table salt in the drain and let sit for a few minutes before pouring in the boiling water. If this doesn’t work, you may need to clean out the sink’s P-trap. The P-trap is the curved pipe located in the cabinet under the sink. Place a bucket under the sink, unfasten the P-trap and empty any debris. Replace P-trap and run water.