Like everything in regular use, even your air conditioning unit may need repairing in the days to come. Some things in the unit can be very easily fixed if they go wrong. Say for instance, your air conditioner doesn’t cool enough even when it’s running fine. In this case, just a little cleaning may manage the problem. So follow the user’s manual and if you’ve lost it already, request another copy of the same from the company. And to detect the fault better and faster, choose to repair your air conditioner on a day that is fairly warm.
Be sane while you repair. Cut off the power flow to the unit while you are at it. The air conditioning unit usually has a shut off panel for this. But just in case you don’t find any such panel, cut off the electricity to the whole house for that time. Also, rake away all debris from the condenser outside while you kick off the cleaning process.
The very first step to detecting where the fault is is to take the grill cover off the condenser. Then clean the blades or fins with a mild brush or some soft material, taking care to see that you don’t damage the delicate fins in any way. After cleaning these, you need to dry them. Next, remove the screws and take out the grill-cover very carefully because the fans remain attached to them and you may accidentally pull loose some wires. Then you need to hose out the fins, keeping the motor covered with some waterproof material. And since you have already dismantled your air conditioner so much, you might just as well lubricate the motor a little in this chance. Finally, put back all the parts in their right places and you are done with a short and simple air conditioner repairing effort.
Now, to see if you’ve set it all right, switch the power on and let the machine run for some time. Put your hands on the two pipes connected with the condenser. If one is warm and another cool, your unit is alright. But if it isn’t so, perhaps you need to recharge the refrigerant. And this can’t be done alone. So call a professional.
If your air conditioning unit does not get on automatically, you may check out the following steps. First, ensure that the thermostat is put to cool and is below the room temperature. Second, a blown-out fuse may also be the reason as much as a tripped breaker on the main panel. Third, keep the power switch on the furnace and the condenser switch on the outside turned on. Fourth and lastly, ensure that the 240-volt disconnect is not turned off. It is placed just next to the outside compressor.
The above steps are not at all complicated and hence can be followed at ease any time. These simple do-it-yourself repairs can also be done at your own time and convenience. Moreover, they check your expenses to a large degree. This saving can come in handy when there’s some major fault and you need to have professional help. But otherwise you will be able to fix the problem with these simple repairs. And if you still need further help, get in touch with the manufacturing company. It’s their product and they will know it best. With their expertise knowledge, they can guide you comfortably through your repairing endeavor and can even impart some helpful information on this issue for future considerations.