Summer is in full force in the Southern US and it’s only going to get hotter. During the summer heat is not the time to find out that your AC unit isn’t cooling your home properly.
Unfortunately, when your AC goes out, you’re not alone. This means that HVAC professionals are often in high demand, making it harder to get someone to your home quickly.
The good news is that you can try to do some basic AC unit repair on your system without a professional. Read on for our guide.
1. Change Your Air Filter
Changing your AC’s air filter is the solution to many problems, such as dripping water, poor airflow, and diminished effectiveness. If you live in an area where you are constantly running your air conditioning, you’ll need to regularly replace your filters.
This is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your AC running efficiently. Most air filters are under $10 and can easily be changed by a homeowner. You should change them about once a month during the summer months when you are running your unit most of the day.
2. Flip the Breaker
If your unit won’t turn on at all, it might be as simple as checking your circuit box. Make sure that the circuit breaker that is connected to your unit is turned in. If it’s not, flip it on and as long as there are no electrical issues, you should be back in business and cooling your home.
If the unit still won’t turn on or you continue to blow the fuse, don’t wait to call now for service.
3. Clean the Unit
Your AC units sit outside and are exposed to the elements day in and day out. They quickly collect dirt, pollen, and other environmental debris that can impact their effectiveness.
You can clean the outdoor units with a hose to get any debris out from the coils. Be sure to turn off the power to the condenser before you do this.
4. Melt Any Ice
If you run your condenser constantly, the coils could freeze. If you notice any frozen coils, you should turn off the unit to give it a break and allow ice to melt. Changing your air filter can also address ice on your coils as well.
5. Clean the Vents
If the vents where the cold air is supposed to come from are covered in dust and dirt, the cool air is going to be stifled. Not only that, but a clogged vent will also blow all of that dust into your home, diminishing the quality of the air in your home.
Try Your Hand at AC Unit Repair
If you need AC unit repair, give this tips a shot before you call in the pros. You might find that the fix is rather quick and easy and one that you can handle on your own.
If this guide was helpful, be sure to check out some of our other home improvement guides before you go.