No one likes to wake up or come back home to find a broken air conditioner, especially when we are about to reach the height of summer temperatures. But not be quick to despair! Sometimes, there might be minor issues that might be impeding the machine, and the good thing is, you can probably fix them up yourself. Here are a number of useful tips to keep in mind:
- Check if the breaker’s tripped – before you dial the number for air conditioning repairs Brighton SA, you might want to check if the breaker has anything to do with your inoperable machine. Breakers in home wiring systems are built to turn off the current flow if too high a burden is placed on the system, and this can easily happen when you plug in too many devices at once. A quick check can easily save you the embarrassment, and the home call charges of the repairman when he realizes there is nothing wrong with your unit.
- Check the settings and the batteries – another good tip to follow before you call in the repairman is to simply check if there has been any change in your unit. Whilst you might not want to believe it, there are plenty of homeowners who inadvertently change the settings of their good air conditioning system and fail to realize this (and in turn believe the machine is broken). Take a quick look at the thermostat – is it set below the room temperature? Is the fan working, and if so, have you set the machine to only let the fan work? And lastly, if your machine is battery operated, do you not simply need to replace the batteries? It is recommended to check each of these points before believing there is something wrong with your air conditioner.
- Check the ice and the filters – if you are worried about opening up your air conditioner, you might want to call in the professionals at this point, but melting the ice and changing the filters are relatively easy procedures, which however, if not done regularly, can make your machine stop working. The presence of ice can block your machine’s ducts, and to melt it, you only need to let the fan operate for a while. On the other hand, filters get dirty and clogged up after a certain period of time, so you need to make sure that they are regularly replaced.
- Do the cleaning – and lastly, also keep in mind that dirty machines and ducts won’t work well, and if they do, they are probably going to pollute your home air quality. The inner workings of your air conditioner do accumulate dust and grime which needs to be wiped every once in a while, and so do the air ducts in your attic and throughout the home. The best course of action is to perform an annual maintenance on your A/C system (before the summer starts) – most professionals do this quickly and for a small price.