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AC Repair: Tips And Tricks

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Some AC repair problems should be handled by professional air conditioning services, but others can be fixed at home. If you have the right tools, you can perform basic maintenance jobs on your AC and fix many common problems. Listed below are some basic problems that can be fixed at home.


AC Doesn't Cool

This problem is often caused by a clogged up HVAC system that needs to be cleaned. When dealing with an AC, always look at the owner’s manual before opening the machine. To start cleaning, shut off the power and disconnect the device from its power source. Get rid of any debris or leaves that are nearby that may be blocking the flow of air.


Unscrew the protective case to expose the compressor. AC repair can be dangerous because there are lots of loose wires around, so be careful not to accidentally cut or pull them. Using a soft brush, clean away any debris and dirt on the fins, and then vacuum the area with a soft brush attachment. With some AC systems, you may be able to use a hose to clean the fins, but always check the manual first. Once the machine has been cleaned, reassemble the case and test it to see if it is working.


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AC Doesn 19t Turn On

If your HVAC system is not turning on, it could be a number of problems. Make sure the thermostat is set on cooling mode and that the temperature mode is well below the present temperature. All AC’s should have a 240 volt dedicated circuit. These machines can take up a lot of power, so check the circuit panels for a blown fuse or tripped breaker. If there is a problem, replace the fuse or start the breaker again.
Ensure that the power switch is turned on and the electrical outlet has not been turned off. To examine the thermostat, turn of the air conditioner and remove the cover. If the thermostat is not working, the compressor will turn on without a problem. If the compressor does not work, it is time to consult a technician.


Calling For Help

In some cases, you may not have the HVAC parts or experience to make a proper repair. When this happens, it is best to call an experienced technician to fix the machine for you. It may be more expensive, but it will save you a lot of time and hassle trying to fix the AC yourself.


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