DIY Repairs For Your Air Conditioner

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Published: 16th May 2013
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If you are using your air conditioner regularly this summer, it is inevitable that things will break down. You may notice, for example, that your ac isnít cooling as well as it used to. Or perhaps it is making strange sounds. Or maybe you find that you have to keep setting the thermostat lower and lower to get it to cool your home.

Donít worry.

There are some DIY repairs that you can make on your air conditioner. Here are some repair tips that can save you time and money. Try to do these maintenance steps when it isnít sweltering outside. Pick a time early in the morning for best results. That way, you will be able to keep cool while you determine what the problem is.

The first thing you want to do is to find the air conditioner manual. If you can find it, do a quick Google search. For example, you can easily track down a Kenmore air conditioner manual or an Everstar portable air conditioner manual this way. You need to review the manual to refresh your memory about the different components of your air conditioning unit.

The next step is to turn off all the power to your ac. You want to make sure that you donít get a shock when you start to examine your machine. If you canít find the power source, just turn off the power to your entire house. It is better to be safe than sorry. While you are at it, clean off the condenser unit. Brush off any debris that might have fallen on it.

You should remove the cover from the condenser. Using a gentle cleanser and a soft brush (like an old toothbrush), clean off the blades. Let them dry off while you inspect the rest of the unit.

Carefully remove the grill and take care not to pull out the wires attached to the grill. Give the fins a good cleaning with the hose, but make sure you cover up the motor while you are doing this. No water should ever get on the motor. While youíre in there, add some multi-purpose 3-in-1 oil to the motor. Finally, return the grill and secure the screws. Make sure everything is put back where it belongs.

Now itís time to test it. Switch on the power and reset the machine. Let it run for a few minutes. Then feel the pipes that are connected to the condenser. If one is hot and one is cold, then you have replaced everything correctly. If not, then your air conditioner may need some additional refrigerant added. For that, you will need to call in a professional HVAC installer.

If your air conditioner doesn't turn back on, follow these steps. Begin by lowering the thermostat to lower than the current room temperature. Next, check the fuses. If you have a blown fuse, your ac wonít work correctly. Reset any fuses that may have blown out. If it still isnít working, donít forget to double check to see that the power switch on the condenser outside. Finally, make sure that the 240 volt disconnect is turned on. It is next to the compressor unit outside.

These steps should be done at least once a year to ensure that your air conditioner keeps running optimally. These DIY tips arenít too complicated and they only take a few minutes to complete. Moreover, you can save money because you donít have to call a technician for such a simple job. But if you do find something broken, you will catch it during this annual inspection. Then you can call in a technician to fix it properly. This will help you save money because you will find the problem before it becomes even bigger

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