DIY Air Conditioner Home Maintenance

Posted on: March 24, 2017 by in Blog
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In this post you will find some useful DIY tips to follow to keep your air conditioning system performing optimally this summer. Check your unit isn’t simply indicating a slight problem by running through these troubleshooting points before calling out a specialist.

woman holding air filter

If your AC unit is freezing over:

  • Turn off your unit and let the ice thaw.
  • Check your air filter isn’t clogged with dirt; clean or replace as necessary.
  • Check the evaporator coils aren’t dirty and frozen also – defrost the ice and clean the coils.

If your system is running, but not cooling your house:

  • Check that your thermostat is set to ‘Auto’. When it is set to ‘On’ it just runs the fan continuously, even when the air isn’t being cooled.
  • Replace the batteries in your remote control.
  • Check the outside unit (condenser) to see if it is operating also, and check for any strange noises. If there are noises turn off your AC unit and call your qualified technician.
  • If the condenser is dirty, or clogged with any type of debris, it cannot dissipate the heat. Gently spray down and clean your unit, and clear away any vegetation that is close by.
  • A dirty air filter will also hinder the flow of cool air into your home, this may need cleaning or replacing.
  • Extremely hot days may also impede the effectiveness of your unit – taking into consideration the size of your AC unit, windows that let in the sun’s energy, and the size of your room. If your AC is working properly on a cooler day this may have been the issue.

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If your system is not blowing any air:

  • Check your air filter and clean or replace if necessary.
  • Check to see if the condenser is switching on, and that the unit is clean and free of debris.

If your device is leaking water:

  • Check for blocked air filters, clean or replace as necessary.
  • Your drainpipe could be blocked – you will need to remove the outer plastic casing of the internal unit, pull the unit out at the bottom, and locate the drainpipe.
    Untape the hose at the taped up joint and pull the hose apart. Place a bucket underneath to catch any drips.
    With a wet vac (or dry – but you’ll need to dry your bag out afterwards) use the suction to draw out any blockages, such as gunk and built up fluff and debris. Reseal the joint with tape, and carefully place drainage pipe back in position. Snap the internal unit back in place, and re-screw the plastic covering back onto the unit.
  • The drainpipe outside at the condenser may be blocked with algae, insects or debris – suction out this hose with a vacuum if you are not seeing a consistent slight flow of water coming out of it, when the AC unit is operating.

If, at any time, you feel your system is having more advanced issues, or you don’t feel comfortable carrying out any of the above DIY troubleshooting techniques, do not hesitate to call us, we are happy to help.

It may seem daunting to tackle a job that you’re unfamiliar with, but the smaller issues that hinder optimal performance from your AC unit may only require a little common sense and practical advice.
For this reason and to save on fees and time, it is good to understand the make and model, and basic components of your AC unit for the easier DIY jobs you may take on.
Check your owner’s manual for a quick rundown on the technical terms for all the components of your AC system.

By having this information and know-how, we feel you’ll benefit greatly from fixing the smaller problems your air conditioner might have.
As a home owner or landlord, the extra savings can certainly go a long way, and towards much more satisfying purchases.
At any time, and for any reason, we are always here to help if you’re at all uncertain about the next step to take – just pick up the phone and give us a call.

 

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