When your air conditioning begins to wear and have problems, you may have to wait for help with repairs. Therefore, you want to know what to do to identify the problems and to stay cool while you wait for help. The following guide for AC repairs will help you troubleshoot problems and stay cool while waiting for help.
Checking thermostat and electrical systems—The first thing that you want to check is the thermostat, which needs to be set to cooling during the warmer months of the year. Some modern thermostats also have batteries, which may need to be replaced towards the end of summer or in early autumn, when you are still using your AC.
Dirty units and dealing with ice problems—The units can also become dirty, which can lead to ice building up on the compressor, coil, and other parts. These problems are going to need to be checked by an AC repair technician, but you can get the AC back on. To start dealing with the ice buildup, do the following:
- Turn the thermostat and main power off
- Fill a container with water and a little detergent
- Clean the exposed parts with the soapy water
- Wash the unit off
- Let the AC dry before turning it back on
Doing these things will help get your AC back on if there is not any major damage, but you should still call an AC repair service to check if the freezing caused damage.
Ducts, air handlers, and leaks causing problems—The air leaks of your ducts and air handler can also cause failures and problems that need to be fixed. There may be problems that you need professional help with to repair, but there are some things you can do. Check the air handler and ducts for obvious leaks—and use duct tape to stop the leaks until you can get professional help with the repairs.
Blowers and airflow problems affecting the AC—Airflow problems can also affect your AC if there is a problem with the blower. This is the fan that provides air to the ductwork, and it can wear out and sometimes fail. Therefore, you may need to have it repaired or replaced. If it is still working but not providing sufficient airflow, try closing the vents in areas of your home that you use less often. This can help get more airflow to areas where you need it most until you can get help with the repairs.
This is the troubleshooting that needs to be done when your AC fails and you have to wait for problems to be fixed. Call an AC repair service to schedule an appointment.