7 Ways To Fix Your Air Conditioning
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We provide you with the basics to get you comfortable again. Use our guide to fix your air conditioning system yourself. We list the most common problems with it comes to repairing your a/c unit yourself. A lot of air conditioning issues come from lack of maintenance. Remember when fixing your air conditioning unit yourself always think safety first. If it’s out of your skill set you might want just to call a pro. It’s simple to get electrocuted and hurt by a moving part if you don’t know what you’re doing when fixing your air conditioning unit on your own.
Before You Start:
- Please use common sense. Work to your ability. An Air Conditioning system can be hazardous under the covers.
- If you don’t know enough about the moving parts or the terms I’m using, repairing might best be done by a professional.
- Always check twice if you’re turning on the power or turning it off.
- Its very simple to forget if you turned off your air conditioning unit or turned it back on and got shocked (it happened to me).
- Remember what you did, so if you do need to call out a qualified air conditioning repair contractor, you can lead him in the right direction.
- I have come across plenty of homeowners that wanted to “D.I.Y.” and made more problems that existed in the first place.
Declaimer: My guide is simple. It doesn’t cover technical situations or hard repairs.
1) Check The Filter
Your A/C Needs To Breath Clean All Too!
- Replace the filter; a clogged filter can cause cooling issues to your air conditioning unit.
- The filter will be located at the furnace in the attic or closet and/or in the hallway. Sometimes people forget to add on.
- You should change the filter at least twice a year.
- We can do this for you.
2) Check The Thermostat
If The Thermostat Isn’t Working, Your Not Going To Get Comfortable
- If you have an old thermostat with no batteries, make sure you hear the click when you turn it on. If you listen and there is no click, you may need a new.
- If you have a digital thermostat, you should replace the batteries
- If you replace the batteries or can’t install new ones and the thermostat is blank, check the power or replace the thermostat.
3) Check The Ducts
Your Duct Work Is In The Attic Or Walls
- Check the duct work in the attic or the basement.
- Having clogged ductwork or broken ductwork can cause a lot of issues.
- You can fix small tears with duct tape.
4) Check The Power To The Furnace
No Power, No Comfort
- Make sure you have power to the furnace, without power to the furnace you won’t have air blowing throughout your home or office.
- Without the power to the furnace, your air conditioning will not receive the signal to turn on.
- Make sure your outlet has power, you can check this by plugging in a small electronic device like a phone charger.
- If there is no power coming out of your outlet reset your breakers at the power panel and check for power again.
5) Check The Power To The Condenser
The Condenser Is 99% Always Found Outside
- Use the thermostat to turn on the air conditioning system
- Go to the air conditioning unit and see if it turns on.
- If it doesn’t turn on, check the fuses.
- The fuses are found on the wall inside a 4″x10″ box usually.
- You can replace the fuses for less than $10.
6) Check The Power To The Power Panel
Check The Breaks One At A Time
- If you replaced the fuses at the condenser, you would check the main power panel.
- Find the A/C breaker inside the main power panel.
- If it’s not listed, most A/C unit use more then 30 AMPS breakers.
- Reset the breaker by turning it off and on.
7) Wash Down The Condenser
Be Sure Not Too Wet The Electrical
- If the unit is turning on but not cooling try washing down the condenser.
- A dirty condenser can cause significant problems to the air conditioning system.
- Turn the unit off first.
- Get the water hose and rinse off the entire unit except for the electrical.
- Turn the unit back on and see if it makes a difference.