AC Repair: DIY Tips + When to Call In the Pros

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AC Repair: DIY Tips + When to Call In the Pros

With spring just a few weeks away you may be gearing up for another scorcher of a summer in the Houston area. However, each year at one point or another you may have to invest in quality AC repair for your unit.

Even if you are not a handyman or woman it doesn’t mean you can’t try a few things yourself to fix the unit.

Here’s a look at some of the best DIY tips you can use to get your unit running at maximum capacity before spending an arm and a leg.

Central Air

More than likely you have central air in your home to keep things cool in the summer and warm enough for you in the winter. If the central air isn’t working there are a few things you can do to try and fix it on your own.

The first thing you want to do is make sure that the main electrical panel in your home doesn’t have a blown fuse or tripped breaker. You also want to make sure that the thermostat is set to cool and that the temperature setting is a few degrees below room temperature.

The next step sounds simple enough but you want to make sure that the power is on to the AC compressor. Once everything has checked out you will want to troubleshoot the thermostat.

You will take the main casing off and make sure that all of the wires are connected securely to their proper terminals and replace the batteries if needed.

If the thermostat still doesn’t kick on you may have to check the capacitor for the compressor to make sure the fan is running properly. If the capacitor is malfunctioning you can replace it through simple steps outlined here.

AC Isn’t cooling

If your AC is running but it isn’t blowing the desired amount of cold air you desire you may have to do some simple troubleshooting steps that won’t take too long.

First, you want to make sure that nothing is blocking the air vents from circulating the cool air around the house. You will need to clean any air filters and that should also help get you down to the desired temperature.

After you check the main sources of airflow have a look at the indoor air handler. The handler shouldn’t have any ice on it. The ice can be there due to a lack of airflow or low refrigeration levels.

When to Hire a Pro

By now you have tried different ways to troubleshoot your air conditioning unit and still can’t seem to solve the problem. You might have to call a professional when it comes to locating a trip in the breaker or if the refrigeration levels need to be adjusted on your unit.

AC Repair in a Nutshell

We have gone over a few ways you can troubleshoot your AC units without costing you an arm and a leg. Are you still struggling to solve a problem with your HVAC units? Contact us to set up an appointment for AC repair today!

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