AC Emergencies

There is no better feeling than walking into your home and feeling cool air during a hot summer day.  Simply have a seat and enjoy the cool air circulating around you.

But what happens when your air conditioner stops working? Not only does the heat make you feel uncomfortable; it can also lead to heat stroke, especially when it comes to children. In general, regular maintenance checks and replacing the thermostat’s batteries help prevent any issues over the summer.  The following tips will also help you assess any potential damage quickly and take immediate action in the case of an AC emergency.

  • Check the AC lines and wires of your outside unit. They might be damaged by grass mowers, wire chewing mice, weed whips or any other gardening activities.
  • If your AC has quit completely, be sure and check the breaker.  Especially older AC units use a lot of power, so they occasionally blow a fuse. Simply reset the breaker by turning it off and then on again.
  • If your AC is running, but not cooling the room properly, it’s best to make sure there is nothing blocking the air flow, including checking air filters and compressors. Dirty air filters can easily be replaced and compressors cleaned.
  • Water leaking from your AC may indicate that the drain line is clogged or disconnected. If this is the case, inspect the drain line for clogs or disconnects and clear them out.

When in doubt, please don’t hesitate to call Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning’s emergency line. Call 309-764-2500 and press #2 to activate our emergency voice mail and leave a message stating the problem you are currently experiencing with your air conditioning. This message is then automatically forwarded to one of our technicians, who will try to get back to you within an hour.