In the large majority of cases of AC unit breakdowns, a little bit of maintenance and self-repair at an earlier date could have prevented the issue. Contrary to what many believe, there are in fact a great number of repairs which you can do yourself, without requiring much in terms of skill level. Today we are going to discuss which repairs you can have a go at on your own, which are sure to prevent bigger and more expensive issues further down the line. Let’s take a look at how you can best look after your AC system.
Change Your Filter
According to the team at Air Conditioning Northern Beaches Sydney, the most common reason why they are called out is for issues resulting from a filter not being changed. Your filter is likely to get dirty and potentially clogged over time, which is why you have to ensure that you change it regularly. When blocked, airflow is restricted and this is what can cause a machine to ice up and then break down. Save yourself money and time by regularly checking the filter and replacing it when it gets too dirty.
Checking The Breaker
If your unit completely fails to switch on, the temptation can be to call in the repair team straight away. The best course of action however is to first check the breaker, because this may have tripped. If you have multiple appliances on the same breaker then it could easily have overloaded and tripped. This is a very simple and quick check which you can do that could save you time and money.
Checking Your Thermostat
If you have a battery-operated unit then it may well be that all you have to do is invest in new batteries, instead of calling in support. Make sure that you have the thermostat set at below room temperature and always double-check that the unit is not just set to the ‘fan blow’ feature. Settings can change on their own, for a number of reasons, always double-check that the thermostat settings are right when you sense a problem.
It may sound very basic but the reality is that a good cleaning could be all the unit needs. Switch off the unit, clean the fan blades, the filter, and get rid of any debris which has built up inside. So many breakdown issues are a direct result of AC units being left to gather too much dirt and grime.
Melt Any Ice
If ice has accumulated on the unit then it is not going to be able to cool properly. Melting the ice is very simple here, just switch the system off and then run the fan setting until the ice is melted. Alternatively, you could switch the unit off and then get rid of any ice yourself, or allow it to melt on its own.
These are very easy maintenance and repair tips that you can perform on your own, to save you the cost and stress of a full-blown breakdown.