It’s Getting Hot. Here’s 4 Air Conditioning Repair Tips You Should Know for Summer
Summer is here and in full swing. Summers in the South Bay can be especially grueling. For those with central air, you can find sanctuary in your home. The cool air circulating through your home, can make for the perfect escape from the harsh Southern California sun.
When your air conditioner stops working, your home soon becomes a sweltering box of heat, making the summer miserable.
We understand that air conditioning repair can get a bit expensive. To help beat the heat without breaking the bank, we’ve compiled a few of DIY air conditioning repair tips you can try to get your unit running like new again.
1. Check Your Breaker
What’s a breaker? A breaker is an automatically operated electrical switch located in your AC unit. A breaker protects your unit in the event of an overload or short circuit by automatically detecting and powering down the unit.
In some cases, your breaker will power down your air conditioning unit, stopping the production of cold air and air circulation. In most cases, homeowners believe that there is a problem with the unit, when in reality, the breaker just needs to be reset.
The breaker is typically located on or within the unit. Before trying anything else, ensure that the breaker is reset. You can save valuable time and resources with this simple check.
2. Make Sure Your Thermostat is Properly Set
Faulty thermostats can cause your AC unit to function improperly. If your thermostat requires batteries, ensure they are replaced frequently to avoid the nuances of a faulty unit.
As the battery life starts to dwindle, many odd things can start to happen with the settings of your thermostat. Ensure that the temperature is set below room temperature and that the unit isn’t just set to have the fan blow.
3. Replace Filter
In some cases, your filter can cause your air conditioning unit to act up. A dirty or clogged filter can cause many different issues in your unit.
When the filter gets clogged, it can cause a lack of airflow, making your air not as cold throughout your home. This can also cause your unit to work harder than it needs to. With constant hard work, not only will your unit be in jeopardy of damage, but also your monthly bills can skyrocket.
By simply replacing your filter, you can avoid all of these costly issues, while ensuring your home is cool throughout the summer.
4. Check for Ice Buildup
Because your air conditioning unit is constantly cooling, it can start to create ice. It can build up inside, around, and outside of the unit, causing it to malfunction. By melting the ice, you can help the unit function to the best of its ability.
To melt the ice, simply shut off the unit and let the ice melt on its own. Be sure that there is proper drainage near the unit so it does not sit in a puddle of water.