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What to Do When Your AC Breaks Down

Life without air conditioning in the summertime is every Floridian’s worst nightmare. When an air conditioner breaks down at the hottest time of the year, it feels like a curse. However, an AC breakdown does not have to be the end of the world. In fact, it can have a simple solution, and there are ways to cool down while awaiting a repair. Here’s what you should do if your AC unit stops working. 

Check the Circuit Breaker

AC units can overload electrical circuits. This happens when the system is overstressed, which can happen due to clogged filters or simple wear and tear. Either way, if the circuit breaker is tripped, it’s typically an easy solution. This would only be cause for concern if the unit trips the circuit breaker more than once. If this does happen, it’s time to call an AC repair company.

Check the Thermostat

There’s always room for human error when it comes to operating AC systems. Make sure the setting is where you want it to be. Depending on the type of thermostat, it can be easy to accidentally bump the temperature up or down or put it on the “heat” setting. There’s also a chance you just need to replace the thermostat batteries, which is much less costly than any type of AC repair.

Schedule a Repair

When you’ve determined that your AC system has, in fact, broken down, call a repair service. Some AC repair companies, like All Temp in St. Cloud, offer 24/7 emergency service. Keep in mind that it may take time to order the necessary parts or make an appointment that fits into your schedule. This may mean spending time without air conditioning in your home.

Keep Cool

This may seem like an insurmountable task when your air conditioning unit is broken down, but there are plenty of ways to cool off while waiting for AC repair. Here are a few:

  • Drink lots of water. One full glass of cold water per hour will help your body regulate its temperature. Consider adding in sports drinks with electrolytes to replenish what you lose by sweating. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol will also help, as these drinks both dehydrate you.
  • Close the blinds. Letting natural sunlight in also lets in unwanted heat. By closing the blinds, curtains and shades, you can significantly reduce the temperature inside your home. 
  • Get the air moving. Fans won’t actually cool the air without the assistance of an AC unit, but they create a breeze that will provide relief from the heat. You can also strategically open windows at night and early in the morning to let cool air in, then close them to trap the air in the house.

When AC units break down, especially in the Florida summer, the situation can feel hopeless. Our All Temp team is here to help with AC repair in St. Cloud, as well as inspections and maintenance. Contact us online or give us a call at (407) 857-7800 to schedule an appointment.

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