Essential Air Conditioner Repair Tips for Homeowners
When professionals are going into a possible repair, there is a set of troubleshooting steps they will go through before taking action. Some of them are easy to do yourself and can assist you in identifying the problem before seeking professional help.
These pros say that by following the following exclusive advice, you will put yourself in a position to identify problems ahead of time and save money on emergency repairs. This article will cover these tips and help homeowners make the most of their AC repair needs.
First Things First, Check Your Thermostat
Whether you have an electromechanical or electrical thermostat, a quick assessment of its source of power or responsivity of the screen is in your best interest before seeking assistance. Also, always make sure it’s in the on position. In many cases, homeowners panic because their air conditioner won’t turn on and immediately call for help.
A simple check can easily avoid emergency repair costs. Additionally, in the winter season when you’re switching your central air conditioning system to warm, make sure it’s in the correct positioning once again. While it may seem like an obvious step to start with, it can often resolve those simple mistakes that won’t require the help of a professional.
Remember Your Air Filter Replacement Schedule
Never underestimate how important a clean air filter is to the overall functionality of your air conditioning unit. A dirty air filter can severely hinder your A/C’s performance as well as cause allergen buildup within your system. When your filter is dirty, it may cause short-cycling, freezing up, and uneven cooling.
A neglected air filter will cause increased wear-and-tear as time goes on, this being why a dirty air filter is the second most common cause of A/C problems. In addition to this, the efficiency of your system will seriously decline. When your A/C system is overdue for a filter replacement, the unit will need to use much more power than usual to cool your home.
In turn, this will cause your bills to rise. Avoid the harmful effects of a dirty filter and stick to a strict replacement schedule. The professionals recommend changing every 90 days generally, 60 if you have pets, and 30 if someone in your household is particularly allergy-prone. Always try changing your air filter before making any calls for repair.
Clean Your A/C System Regularly
A common cause of air conditioner failure is due to the evaporator, condenser coils, and cooling fins being clogged with dust and debris. These are easy enough to clean out yourself and only require a few relatively inexpensive products: a fin comb, a screwdriver, a vacuum, A/C coil cleaner, and some household cleaner.
The process is rather simple. Remove the cover and straighten out bent fin coils by using the comb and use a vacuum to easily clear out visible build-up. Follow this with the foam coil cleaner and a nylon brush (brush in the direction of the coils) to deep-clean the unit. Finally, service the fan motor gently with a rag and some household cleaner.
If this simple step-by-step process does not do the trick, then perhaps it is time to call in help. Just remember that these tips are directly from professionals in the field who have your best interest in mind. With this advice, you should be able to keep your A/C unit running smoothly on your own!
About Albert Nahman Services
Albert Nahman Services is a family-owned plumbing, HVAC, and sewer company based in Berkeley, California. They have been servicing the area for over 30 years and have gained a reputation for providing consistent and high-quality services with a passion for safety, excellence, and professionalism.
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