AC repair is not something that you should take lightly. Unless you have the right training and experience, it’s not something you should try doing either. There are components that only licensed professionals are allowed to handle, such as the refrigerant, and you’re more likely to make the problem worse if you were to take the DIY route.
You can, however, do regular maintenance to improve the lifespan of your air conditioner. Here are some tips about what you should do and what to look out for when your unit needs repair.
Air filters help ensure the air quality flowing from the unit into the room. Over time, this can become clogged by dust and dirt, which then makes it difficult for the cool air to pass through. Ideally, the filters should be cleaned out every 30 to 60 days. If your unit has a reusable filter you just have to wash it clean with soap and water; other types need to be replaced once they are dirty.
Make sure the dust and other particles are thoroughly removed. If your unit has the disposable filter, have a replacement filter on hand. If you find that the room is still not cool enough despite clean filters on your AC, consider calling a professional to check if there is anything wrong with it.
Condenser Unit Fan
The condenser fins need regular cleaning as well, as it sucks in dirt and other debris, especially if the unit is located outside. Make sure the unit is switched off before you clean the fins to protect from any accidents. Aside from vacuuming the dust off, you should also check for fins that are bent. You can do minor straightening tasks with special fin combs. However, it’s best to call a professional to straighten bigger fin issues.
If your air conditioner does not draw in enough air then it’s going to have a hard time delivering cool air to your room. Regularly clean the vents and ducts to make sure that they remain unobstructed and that they are free of dirt and debris as these can significantly affect the performance of your unit.
However, if despite having these cleaned the vents, condenser fins and filters, your unit still fails to work properly, you should call an air conditioning professional.
5 Secrets for Getting Your A/C Ready for Summer, HomeTips.com
10 Easy Steps to Keep Your Air-Conditioning Running Smoothly, DIYNetwork.com