A lot of times when your home’s air conditioner starts acting up you won’t have much of a choice but to hire a professional, but what we are going to discuss throughout this article are some of the things that everyone can do at home on their own in order to fix their air conditioning units. Now of course we know that there are some instances where you shouldn’t be tinkering around with such an expensive machine like your air conditioner if the problem is beyond your expertise, and we are going to be helping you also more easily notice these situations so you put down your tools and call a pro to come to your house and fix it for you.
But we definitely have faith in all you normal folks out there and we know that if your follow these really simple steps then you’ll be more than capable of fixing some of the more troubling errors that happen to many air conditioning units.
The first thing you are going to want to do is just see if the furnace may be the problem that is causing your air conditioner to malfunction, and you can do this by simply lowering the temperature on your thermostat and noticing if your fan or furnace does or doesn't kick in. If you feel or hear the furnace kick in with no fan then you know that your furnace is fine and that your air conditioner is the thing that needs to be primarily focused on. This simply a precautionary measure that everyone should take at the beginning of their DIY AC repair so that they can make sure that they aren’t fixing an air conditioning unit that may need a whole new set of methods we aren’t about to offer here.
Then you’re going to want to more than likely only start with some of the more simple AC repair fixes that normal people can definitely manage without any help from a professional. An example of this would include doing something like cleaning condensing coils. The first thing you’ll do with something like cleaning condensing coils is shut down the power to your air conditioner and then simply aim a hose and aim high up in your air conditioner right at the condenser coil and start to flush out all of the dirt and gunk that has built up in your unit over time. You’ll want to aim and flush out every little bit of your unit before you can be sure that everything is cleaned up properly.
Another aspect of DIY air conditioning repair that a lot of normal folks can handle is something like testing your air conditioner’s fuses to make sure that your AC troubles aren’t coming from something as simple as a blown fuse. You’ll be amazed at how many people call professionals to fix their AC units when the source of the trouble and the actual repair just includes replacing a burnt fuse. This is a super simple procedure and we’re going to help you understand just how to do this right now.
So what you need to do in order to check to see if you have a blown fuse in your air conditioner is to set the multimeter part of your unit to a really low Ohms setting and this will then lead to you needing to pressing both ends of the fuse and checking the reading. If you get something that is 0 or less than 0 or infinity then you know that you are going to need to get a new fuse because it is blown. If you get a number then you are fine.
Another really easy and useful thing to know about air conditioning units when it comes to DIY repair is how to really understand and fix the access panels of your air conditioning units. This is of course something that a lot of people don’t know anything about and that is exactly why we are here to tell you what you need to know. A capacitor is what you are going to be connecting to all of your wires, and so when you are in this type of situation it is important to know how to replace your capacitor, and it really just means identifying it, unscrewing the wires and replacing it with a new one. This can save you a ton of money in many cases in which you would otherwise have to hire a pro to come to your house and do this replacement.
So we are definitely really confident that you can figure this thing out and get a lot of really easy DIY air conditioning fixes in without having to have to call a professional, and we know that if you use this information and continue doing your own research then no matter who you are you’ll be a pretty sound air conditioning repair man in no time!
Take it from us, we’re the pros and we know how easy this stuff really is!
Article written by Tex-Perts AC Repair San Antonio