If your air conditioner decides to break down on the hottest day of the year, you are more than likely to call a technician to come fix the problem. However, you may end up having to wait a few days for your AC to get fixed and will probably end up spending a lot of money.
Why not try and see if you can fix the problem yourself? You might find out that it is an easy fix and you will not have to spend money on a professional service call.
Listed below are five useful hacks that might save you a couple of bucks and some time when it comes to repairing your air conditioner.
1) Examine your breaker
More often than not, a tripped circuit breaker is the cause of a lot of electrical faults. If your air conditioning unit will not switch on at all, a quick check of the breaker will let you know why your unit is not operating. This simple check can quickly fix your AC problem and will definitely save you all the money you would have spent on having someone come over just to flip the circuit switch back up.
2) Replace your filter
Over time, your air conditioning filter may become clogged and dirty and this can lead to various problems. A clogged filter can lead to a lack of air flow which can result in poor cooling efficiency. In some instances, your AC filter may have iced up preventing it from cooling properly. Constantly check your filter and change them frequently to prevent these issues.
3) Clean it thoroughly
Sometimes, your AC may not even need repairing but just a good, deep cleaning. Clean the fan blades and condenser fins to allow maximum air flow and remove any dirt that is inside or near the air conditioning unit. Be extremely careful when cleaning the fins and blades as they are delicate and could easily break. It is also important to make sure that you switch off your air conditioning unit as you clean it.
4) Check the thermostat
If your AC is producing less than cool air, make sure that your thermostat is set below room temperature. Also, check the thermostat settings to make sure that it hasn’t been programmed to just blow out air or that the thermostat unit has simply been switched off.
5) Melt the ice
As you use your air conditioner, ice tends to form over time and if your unit is iced up, it can prevent it from working effectively. To melt the ice, you can turn off the system and just let the fan run to help the ice melt away faster or you could just turn off the entire unit and let the ice melt away.
With these five useful tips, you can easily repair your air conditioner on your own. Not only will you have saved yourself a hefty sum of money but you will also save yourself a lot of time. Of course, some problems are best handled by a professional but it wouldn’t hurt to see if you can handle the problem by yourself.