Repairing Your AC Units
Your AC unit is broken and you need to get it fixed quickly! Of course, that’s never a good thing, but at least your air conditioner will be cool again soon. When this happens, here are some things to do:
Keep an eye on it Make a point of checking your AC unit every few days just in case something is wrong, but don’t get paranoid about it.
Keep the house cool If your AC is broken and you can’t get it fixed quickly, keep your home as cool as possible by shutting windows, keeping curtains closed, turning off lamps that give off heat, and opening doors to rooms without AC units. Fans will also help circulate the cool air around your house, so use them as well.
Checking Your AC System
If you are experiencing any of the following problems, then your air conditioning system has gone bad. It is no longer blowing cold air and needs to be fixed.
1) Your AC unit will not turn on or it’s turning on but is not blowing cold air.
2) The compressor turns on but there is no cold air coming out of the vents.
3) The air is not cold enough.
4) Your home has high energy bills, even with the AC set at a certain temperature.
5) You have lost your cool! Yes, it happens to everyone no matter how old you are.
6) There’s an odd smell of “rotten eggs” coming from the vents.
7) You find mold in your vents, especially near the filter.
8) The compressor is located outside but there’s water pooling around it.
9) Your unit has not been professionally serviced in over a year or two.
10) You have warranty service or you just bought a new AC unit.
You might think that telling the difference between a problem with your heating system and your air conditioner is easy, but it can be tricky. If there’s something wrong with your AC before calling for professional help.
Hiring An AC Specialist
For those of you who may be wondering why it is important to wait until an ac installation professional arrives, there are several reasons. The main reason for waiting until a professional is on the way is that your AC unit could be under warranty and replacing parts as needed will keep this warranty active.
This can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the life of your unit. Another reason to use a professional is the safety factor involved with working on your own AC unit. An AC unit can contain and radiate dangerous and even deadly amounts of electricity, not to mention the other dangers involved with using chemicals and dealing with gas fumes.
For those wondering if it is safe to attempt fixing their cooling units themselves, there are several items of safety advice to keep in mind. First and foremost, never attempt to fix your AC unit when it is connected to the electrical grid or if you believe that your self-diagnosis is wrong and your unit does indeed have an electrical problem.
For those with little knowledge about how their cooling system works, it is much safer to simply wait for a professional to arrive. Even if you do know how your AC unit works, or think that there is no electricity problem, it is still safer to call an AC technician instead of attempting the work yourself.