How to Fix an Air Conditioner: Everything You Should Know

two central air conditioning units

It's undeniable that the world is getting warmer. And that fact means summers are only going to get hotter. 

As temperatures continue to rise, you can't afford to sit in your home in the stifling heat with a broken air conditioner. If your AC breaks down, you want to fix it immediately.

Although it can seem intimidating at first, learning how to fix an air conditioner isn't that hard. Continue reading and we'll walk you through the most common problems and how to fix them.

Dirty Filter

All air conditioners have filters. And if they get clogged or too dirty, they're going to restrict the machine's airflow. If you haven't checked on your filter recently, now's the time to do it.

If you have central air, confer with the filter manufacturer about when to change it out for a new one. 

For those of you who have a wall unit, then you can most likely just remove the filter and wash it under warm water. Once it's dry, just put it back into the air conditioner.

Too Much Sun

If your wall unit is exposed to direct sunlight, then it may be having trouble bringing you the desired amount of cool air. If you can, move the unit to a shadier spot so it won't have to work so hard.

If you can't move the unit, you can either try to shade the AC with a tree or other structure. You should also draw the blinds so the sunlight doesn't come in and heat up your house.

For central air, direct sunlight hitting your thermostat can affect its temperature analysis. This can lead to false readings and could lead to a restriction of airflow. 

Forgetting the Annual Checkup

If you have central air, you should have a professional come and perform a checkup at least once a year. They can help make sure your machine is completely tuned and operating at full capacity.

Also, if there are any major issues, they can help you with HVAC replacement before you end up in a desperately hot situation.

Window AC Is Vibrating

All air conditioners make noises. Typically, those noises are due to the whirring of the fan, as well as the sound of the compressor turning off and on. These sounds are totally normal.

However, if you hear any vibrating, that's cause for concern. It might indicate that your air conditioner was installed incorrectly.

Check to ensure the unit is sitting securely on the window and isn't loose at all. Then, refer to the owner's manual and go to the installation instructions. Check to see that no steps were skipped. 

Understanding How to Fix an Air Conditioner Yourself

Air conditioners are an important part of most homes since they help to keep us cool and comfortable.

When you know how to fix an air conditioner yourself, you can save a lot of money and time when it really counts. 

Looking to learn how to do other useful tasks? Check out our blog for more! 

 

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