Air Conditioning Repair Tech? A Few Steps Before calling…
When your beloved air conditioner is in the middle of its life or playing the last rounds, is more than likely that a specialist will, sooner or later, make a visit to it. But before that happens, it’s not a bad idea to employ a method that could let you out of trouble momentarily, and maybe, provide at least a slightly successful diagnosis with which you can know, in advance, the budget that your air conditioning repair specialist will ask for.
And now, imagine: the hottest day of the year, and your air conditioner stops working! Getting it serviced can be expensive, but necessary. Check out these steps that can possibly save some money momentarily, and help you keep cool at the same time!
1. Assess the problem. Is the unit simply not working at all, is it not cooling the air much, or is it simply blowing around warm air? That’s an easy first step that doesn’t need the help of a air conditioning repair specialist, right?
A. If it’s not working at all: the condenser (for an outdoor unit) or air handler (indoor unit) are not running.
Make sure it’s plugged in. This may seem obvious, but there are occasions when this is exactly the problem. Whether kids, dogs, or an accidental tap with the vacuum cleaner, the plug could be partially or completely dislodged.
Check the circuit breakers and fuses. Make sure they are in place, turned on, and functioning properly. Circuits, especially with older homes, are easily overloaded if the air conditioner shares a circuit with appliances such as irons, refrigerators, or microwaves.
Check your thermostat (cooling control) and make sure it is set to cool at the current temperature, and working properly. As with plugs, sometimes settings can change by accident. Your air conditioning repair specialist wants you to call him, but not to only plug your device.
B. If it’s not cooling enough…
Check your fan blower belt for excessive slack, damage, or breakage. This can cause low air flow which allows ice to form, and thus causes low cooling performance.
Repair or replace the blower belt. Allow the ice to melt before restarting the AC unit.
Check the coils and filter. If they are caked with dust and debris, clean them thoroughly. Make sure you let any ice melt before restarting your unit.
Call for service. If you’ve verified that everything is connected, powered, set up properly, and clean, it may be time to call an air conditioning repair specialist.
Wash your condenser coil once a season, or as needed. Turn off your air conditioner, get a garden hose, and spray the coil using an up and down pattern. Be particularly attentive if your condenser is close to a dryer vent, or if your neighborhood is full of cottonwood trees. These two items are “air conditioner killers”.
Clean or change your filter regularly. This simple step alone can increase the efficiency of your air conditioner. It will also run less, increasing the life span of your equipment.
A good sign that your filter needs changing is the fact of ice forming inside your inside cooling unit (evaporator section). Again, your air conditioning repair specialist is very important, but let him or her the hard work!
This may be difficult to see as the unit is sealed, but touch the outside metal and feel for a noticeable temperature difference. You may also see ice on the large line going to the outside unit (suction line).
If ice is forming, it is possible that your air filter is severely dirty and restricting your normal air flow. This allows ice to form due to the fact that not enough heat is being introduced to your cooling section.
This allows the low side pressure to fall, which is linked to low operating pressure. When the temperature falls below freezing, the condensate water (which collects on the evaporator normally) will start to freeze. Once started, a significant amount of ice will form rapidly, compounding the problem of low discharge airflow to the cooling space, causing low cooling performance and possible damage to the compressor. Finally, an obvious but important advice: don’t try yourself to replace an air conditioning repair specialist. It can cost you lots of money.
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