AC repairs can be pricey, especially when things break down unexpectedly. Calling a technician is the safest option. But in instances of limited time and money, it can be tempting to undergo repairs on your own. Luckily there are some easy air conditioning tips you can do by yourself to save a ton on repair costs. When in doubt always call a technician. Remember, Art can fix it!
Simply Examining and Cleaning Your AC
Your air conditioning system can stop working for the simplest reason. An AC malfunction is often the case of breaker that needs to be flipped back on or a long-overdue cleaning around the unit. Your unit can be examined for obvious signs of wear and tear without getting your hands too dirty.
Examining An Air Conditioning System
A typical AC system can be broken down into three major parts:
- Outdoor Unit
- Indoor Unit
These quick and easy tips will be related to examining the major parts of your air conditioning system.
Cleaning Your Outdoor Unit
The outdoor system works by pulling air in through the coils and blowing air out of the top. Debris and shrubs can lead to blocked coils which can lessen the airflow through your system.
Step 1: Cut Power To Your Unit
First and foremost, cut power to the unit. You can do this by flipping off your breaker. If you don’t have a breaker you can pull the disconnect. If you are uncertain about whether you have successfully cut power to the unit, call a technician before moving forward.
We also advise against cleaning a unit on your own if there are any noticeable damages and exposed wires connecting to your unit.
Step 2: Clear Any Debris
Once the power is off, clear debris from the unit. Leaves, branches, and scraps on top of or around the unit can impact the performance of your system. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that any debris is cleared at least two feet from around the unit.
Step 3: Rinse Off The Coils
You can use a garden hose to rinse off your coils after you’ve cleared any noticeable debris. Start by spraying the top of your unit. This allows water to flow down the coils, removing any dirt from the inside out. Next, spray around your unit and try to reach all that you can with your hose. The fins around the unit are extremely fragile. Be careful not bend them while cleaning hard to reach spaces.
Examining Your Outdoor Unit
While your power is off, you should check to see if your unit is level. If the unit is too far off-center, you will have to call a technician to level it for you. Also, check the insulation around the wires for any exposed connections and damages.
Replacing the Filters On Your Indoor Unit
Dirty filters can greatly affect the performance of your AC system. Replacing the filters in your indoor unit is an easy fix for a number of problems you might be experiencing.
Remember to cut the power to your indoor unit. There is typically a switch attached to the indoor system that you can simply turn off. An easy way to check the status of your filter is to hold your filter toward a window or light source to see if any light passes through. If you can see light, your filter is clean.
When replacing your filter, make sure that the arrow on the filter lines up with the direction of airflow in your unit. It is recommended that you check your filters regularly and replace them as often as needed.
Verifying The Room Temperature On Your Thermostat
This is the easiest and fastest way to make sure that your air conditioning system still works properly. Simply get a thermometer and see if the reading matches the temperature shown on your thermostat.
AC Repairs You Shouldn’t Do On Your Own
Quick fixes are great, but the truth is your AC is a complex system that should only be fully examined by an experienced technician. Any insulation or electrical issues should NOT be repaired without a licensed technician. In addition, tasks that require heavy lifting or the movement of large and hazardous materials may require professional assistance.
We want the best for our clients. If there’s an easy fix out there we’ll tell you! But be aware that cheap fixes often lead to expensive and dangerous results later down the road. Remember Art is always here for your all of your air conditioning needs.