Your central air conditioning service may fail due to a heat spell, and it could take days before finding a technician to fix it. Learning how to fix an air conditioner will save on both time and money. The most common problems are no cooling and low cooling. The following is a detailed presentation of the basic fixes on an AC; you will be up and running in no time. In case these fixes fail to work, you may now consider calling your service guy to find the more elusive problem.
Common problems and solutions
- The air conditioner will not turn on
This is probably the most rampant technical problem. If your AC fails to turn on, check to see if the condenser is still running. Ensure that the unit outside is plugged in and that the thermostat is properly set. Lower the thermostat to 10 degrees and check if the problem is fixed. If the fan still does not run, try and reset the furnace circuit breaker. A thermostat is very tricky and reading the manual will save on time and money. If the above fails to work, the coil could be frozen, or the motor is faulty hence you will need to contact a professional.
The air conditioner is unable to provide adequate cooling
This is often a result of a wrongly sized unit. A well-sized system will keep your house cool on a hot day. An air conditioner is set o keep your house at least 20 degrees cooler than the outside. If you notice icing on the outdoor unit, shut the AC off immediately and call an expert.
The air conditioner fails to cool the air completely
When the AC works, but does not provide cooling, the problem most likely lies in the distribution system. If the thermostat is well set and the conditioner is able to turn on, the problem could be a blockage caused by dirt. Clean around the outside unit and remove all the debris. Ensure that the filter is clean as a pile of dirt restricts the flow of air to the evaporator coil. In case you have pets, it is advisable to change the filter more often. If this fails to work,
the problem could be with the refrigerant or compressor and a technician has to be involved.
Factors to consider when deciding if the AC needs to be replaced or repaired
- Age of the air conditioner
Apply the 5000 rule, whereby you multiply the age of the equipment by the cost of repair. If the results are above 5000, replacing the AC is the best alternative. In conclusion, acquiring knowledge on how to fix minor technical issues with your appliances is an added advantage to you and your family. Calling a AC repair may be the best option. When fixing your air conditioner, ensure that the power is turned off and test the wires using a voltage tester avoid electric shock. Also, having spare parts ahead of time is much more convenient. Some of the essential tools needed include an adjustable wrench, nut driver, needle nose pliers and a driver.