What Should You Do If Your A/C Goes Out This Summer?  


Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like Ohio’s summers keep getting hotter and hotter. Thus, it makes sense that we ought to understand what to do if we ever find ourselves without a well-functioning air conditioner. So, what do you do? Well, what you do NOT want to do is panic. Mount Washington Heating & Cooling will gladly aid you with navigating your nonfunctioning A/C; we’ve got your back! Although, it will benefit you to know the dos and don’ts if this happens. So, let’s go over what you can do if your air conditioner stops operating this summer.  

What Can I Do If The Power Is Out?  

If a power outage transpires during Ohio’s hot summer months, it will help you to know how to retain/regulate your body temperature, allowing you to stay cool better while waiting for power to return.  

  • Dampen a towel or sheet in cold water and place it on yourself while you sleep. A cold washcloth is my go-to for a quicker cool down, and it hasn’t let me down yet.  
  • Wear cotton. Clothe yourself with the thinnest, loosest cotton apparel you have; your body will thank you.  
  • Avoid consistent close contact with one another for extended periods. While this may seem silly, sharing body heat will not help you keep yourself and your loved ones cool, so keep that distance when you can. 
  • Drink WATER! When you’re hot, you lose a lot of hydration through sweat, and you must make an effort to restock it.  
  • Another silly-sounding yet helpful measure is to rest on the floor; while not offering much of a comfy surface, it is cool to the touch and doesn’t retain heat the way your mattress will. Further, heat rises; thus, the closer you are to the floor, the cooler you’ll be. 
  • Limit sunlight in your home by closing all the curtains or blinds.  
  • Keep windows shut as long as you can. Depending on how long your electricity is out, you may have to open them at some point. However, conserve the drier air within your household for as long as possible because the sun will heat your home much quicker than a cool breeze will cool it.  
  • Take off your socks and shoes.  
  • Eat cold foods; I mean, if the power is out, then they’re wasting away inside your freezer anyway, so you might as well enjoy this option to cool yourself down.  
  • If you still can’t seem to beat that heat during a power outage, then you should try taking the family swimming or go somewhere with working electricity to cool off more effectively. 

What Can I Do If My A/C Stops Running?  

If your A/C stops working, there are some steps you can take before calling our team of experts.  

  • Look to see if your thermostat is set to heat your home instead of cooling, and if the temperature is too high.  
  • Check your vents for dirt, debris, and back-ups hindering adequate airflow.  
  • Clean or replace your filter as needed. A dirty filter can increase utility bills and limit your A/C from operating correctly.  
  • Also, review your electrical panel for a tripped breaker.  

If you’re struggling to restore your home’s air conditioning unit, it’s time to phone the HVAC experts. Mount Washington Heating & Cooling can inspect your unit and restore your A/C quickly and safely compared to an untrained individual. So, call us today at (513) 655-5115, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! We pride ourselves on helping our customers find and maintain comfort throughout this muggy Ohio weather.  

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