Air conditioners often fail at the worst possible times. When it is extremely hot, you don`t want your air conditioner to suddenly stop working. But if it does, there are some simple steps you can take to try to fix the problem yourself. Below is a list of the 4 most common air conditioning problems encountered, with some advice on how to fix them yourself rather than paying for the expensive air conditioning repairman.
Check The Controller
If the controller has been incorrectly used, the air conditioner will not function. HVAC systems have different settings for cooling and heating, and your air conditioner will not function if the wrong setting is used. If you are still struggling, try looking in your operation manual or ask the contractor who sold you the system for advice. If still no luck, have a look on the internet for some handy tips.
Clean Or Change The Filter
So many air conditioners struggle because the owners do not clean or change the filter. Your filter is ongoing maintenance that you should be performing at least once every few months. Cleaning or changing your air conditioners filter can often fix a problem right away.
Examine The Compressor
If your compressor fails your whole air conditioning system will fail. Check around the compressor for any signs of damage or wear and tare. Listen to the compressor for any irregular noises. Look around the compressor for ice build up as well. If you notice any of these things, it may be a sign of a more serious problem and you should call in an air conditioning contractor to inspect the system.
Reset The Power
Just like computers, a simple reset can often fix a hvac system. All you need to do is go to the meter box and turn the unit off. If fitted, there may also be an isolator switch at the compressor you can also turn off. Turn both these switches off for a few minutes before turning back on. It is a simple thing to try but it works quite a lot of the time.
If you have tried all of these points, hopefully you have has some success and your air conditioner is now working. If not, it is time to call in the air conditioning contractor.