DIY Air Conditioning Repair Tips
Picture this. It is a hot sunny day. You decide to take a stroll. But you love your skin so much that you avoid facing the scorching sun. So you seek comfort inside your house. Why not? The air conditioner is working great. And the room is so cool. You grab the popcorn and relax on the sofa as you enjoy your favourite movie or TV show. Suddenly you hear a funny noise from your air conditioning system. You assume the noise at first. But it persists. Something is certainly wrong. But before you react, the air conditioner breaks down and the room ‘heats up’. You quickly contact your technician for air conditioning repair. But he/she is currently on another job or is out of town. Not a pretty situation right?
Obviously, you won’t like to spend the entire day in that room. You need your air conditioner fixed as soon as possible. And now that there is no one to assist you, what next? Well, tough times call for tough measures. And this case is not different. It’s about time you become a handyman. Air conditioning repairs are not just for the ‘pros’. If you are a DIY enthusiast, then repairing your air conditioner is an easy, fun project to do.
Here are 5 common air conditioner repair tips you can do yourself:
Condenser does not run
Possible causes for this problem is no power and thermostat is set too high. To correct the problem, just check for tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses at the main or separate entrance panel and restore the circuit. If that does not work, lower the thermostat setting 5- degrees. If the motor or compressor is faulty, then it’s better to call a professional.
Uneven or inadequate cooling
Either the distribution system is out of balance, the thermostat is set too high, the evaporator is dirty or the unit is small. Possible corrections include balancing the system, lowering thermostat setting to 5-degrees, cleaning evaporator, and replacing your AC unit with a larger one.
Unit doesn’t cool
Check if the thermostat is set too high, the condenser is dirty, condenser unit is blocked or evaporator is dirty. If so, then adjust thermostat settings, clean condenser coil, clean and straighten fins (if necessary), remove debris blocking condenser or clean evaporator. However, you cannot do any significant repairs if the compressor is dirty or there isn’t enough refrigerant in the system. There was a situation in Adelaide, South Australia where the only issue with the AC system was the lack of refrigerant. Luckily Accutemp Services air conditioning gave the AC an air conditioning service before the owner threw it out completely. For more information, visit the Accutemp Services Facebook account or visit their listing Yelp – air conditioner service.
Condenser turns on-and-off repeatedly
A dirty condenser, blocked condenser unit and dirty evaporator are the major causes of this problem. Now that you know what causes the problem, correcting it isn’t a big deal. Simply clean the condenser coil and fins, remove debris blocking condenser and clean evaporator.
Ice in the AC unit
Though this problem is less common, it can render your air conditioning unit useless. Low refrigerant level and reduced air flow due to dirty coils, filters, and poorly working fans are the major causes. As usual, clean the coils, filters and fans and you are good to go.
It is recommended to turn off the power to your air conditioner before your begin any repairs. This ensures safety on your side and fast, effective repairs of the unit. Call a technician for further air conditioner repairs if your handiwork shows no results or worsens the problem.