The repair of an air conditioning system can be costly if you have to seek the services of a professional. However, in most AC repair cases, the problem is often something that you could easily fix on your own by simply troubleshooting the system to detect minor and common errors that can be fixed without the services of a technician. AC units sometimes fail to work for simple reasons. It is frustrating to pay hundreds of dollars just to have an AC technician come in and flip the circuit breaker. There is some �Do IT Yourself’ (DIY) checks that you can do before calling in a technician, and these troubleshooting tips could help you save lots of money. You can carry out these checks whenever you AC units are in need of a repair, blowing warm air, or not running.
Check Your AC’s Thermostat
Some AC thermostat units require batteries to operate, and when these batteries go flat, the system may shut down. If your AC unit is operated by battery, all it may need is just a battery replacement. It is prudent to check the battery first to ascertain whether it still has power before calling a technician.
Check and Clean the Air Ducts
If you can climb into the attic, examine the air ducts to ensure that there is proper airflow. If the ducts are dirty, there is a possibility that the dirt is blocking air from flowing out of the ducts. In this case, thoroughly clean the ducts to allow air to flow with ease.
Examine Your Unit’s Circuit Breaker
If your AC cannot come on, there is a possibility that your circuit breaker may have tripped due to an overload. If your AC system operates on a circuit system that also holds other appliances and the lighting system, there is some likelihood of the breaker tripping, which will prevent the AC unit from operating. A quick check on the breaker can save you a lot of embarrassment and frustration because it is easy to replace if at all it is found to be the problem.
Eliminate Accumulated Ice by Melting It
Iced up AC units will often not cool efficiently because of the accumulated ice that hampers the efficient working of the system. To melt the ice away just turn off the AC and let it melt away or turn off the unit and only run the fan to allow quick melting of the ice.
Change AC Unit Filters
Most AC unit repairs can be prevented through a consistent change of the unit’s filter. A clogged and dirty AC filter can contribute to the failure of the unit. Clogged filters can cause poor air flow, which reduces the unit’s cooling efficiency. In some cases, the clogged filtration system can cause icing up of the unit. As such, you should check the AC’s filter on a regular basis and change it whenever needed.
Regularly Check the Cleanliness of the Unit
A dirty AC unit has diminished cooling efficiency, and often the unit may just be dirty and all it may need to work properly is a thorough cleaning. Check the cleanliness of the system and clean the exterior fan blades and remove any debris that may have accumulated on near the unit or inside it. Also, clean the condenser fins if they are dirty. Ensure that the system is off before starting any cleaning and does the process gently to avoid breaking or bending the fins and blades of the system.
These DIY tips about AC repair are some of the things you can try when your system is on the blink, and they can save you a lot of frustration and your hard-earned money. However, it is prudent to note that some forms of repair such as electrical repairs and the changing of the cooling gas require professional technicians. Therefore, do what you have to do to bring your AC system back to live, but remember you can always call a professional when you are not sure of what may be wrong with the system.