Sometimes, little things can make your air conditioning unit stop working – things that aren’t worth paying an AC repair company to check for or fix. If, however, you check each of these things and they have not solved your problem, then you can call in an AC pro to take it from there!
The following are the simple and yet effective steps to follow to repair air conditioners:
- Turn The Power Off: No, this isn’t an IT blog, but yes, this can help with your air conditioner too. If your AC is having trouble or won’t kick on, then the first thing you should do is to turn it off at the power source (not the thermostat). After switching off the power, wait a few moments for the system to complete shut down and then resume power. Sometimes a little reboot is all that is needed to get things acting normal again.
- Fan Motor Must Be Oiled And The Condenser Cleaned: AC failure tends to have common culprits – the fan and the condenser. The fan motor should be lubricated using oil that is specified by the manufacturer. The condenser has to be cleaned with the use of a soft bristled brush to remove all dust that has accumulated. Wear-and-tear is one of the leading causes of AC issues.
- Check To See That The Air Filters Are Clean: This is one of the most comfortable air conditioner DIY tasks but is often the cause of many problems. Since the air filters are responsible for cleaning the air before it travels through your cooling system, it should be clean. If it is a dirty filter, it will fail to caputer the dust and debris in the air that can easily clogg up your air conditioning system and cause problems. The recommended time frame is replace your air filter (or clean a reusable filter) is every three months. If you live with smokers, in a home prone to dust, have pets or a sensitivity to natural allergens, then you should change your filter every one or two months.
- Be Sure To Check That The Thermostat Is Appropriately Working: If you have a digital thermostat, working batteries are essential since they power the unit. Most digital units will show in the panel if the batteries are low and even remind you of when to change the air filter. If the thermostat is in the unit itself, as in window units and some ductless systems, check that no obstructions or debris are affecting the sensor.
- Condenser Coils Have To Be Cleaned, Too: The next step would be to make use of a garden hose to clean the condenser coils. Be sure that the coil guard is removed before being sprayed with water.
Maintaining and extending the life of an air conditioner is something that any homeowner can do. With regular care, your air conditioner will work well all year-round. Don’t forget to schedule routine, annual maintenance from your local AC technician. At least once a year your AC and heating system should get a once over to check on moving parts, lubrication, and overall functioning to see if parts need replacing or cleaning.