If your air conditioner is no longer cooling as well as it used to and you would prefer to avoid repair bills whenever possible, it is important to remember that there are several things you can try to fix the problem yourself. Even if the problem is not something you can take care of on your own, you may be able to save some time later on by letting the expert know what has already been ruled out.
#1-Check The Thermostat
It is a good idea to remember that when the air conditioner is not working as you expect, it may simply be a mechanical issue, as opposed to the unit itself. Check the thermostat for any frayed or protruding wires that could cause the problem.
In addition, many thermostats today are battery powered or are controlled via remote control. Just checking that the batteries are in good condition and that remote control is working as it should, could get you cool and comfortable.
#2-Check The Filter
Checking the filter is something that seems obvious, but actually requires some thought, For instance, you already know that a dirty filter is bad for your air conditioner. However, using one that is slightly too big or small can also cause the unit to run badly.
You should also take a few minutes to clean the reusable filter and to be sure that your reusable filter is intact. If you use a disposable filter, make sure that you always have a backup available, so it can be switched out at any time.
If either a room or central air conditioning unit freezes up, it does not automatically mean that there is a big problem. A dirty filter could also be the cause.
#3- Allow The Unit Sufficient Time To Cool Down Before Checking It
If the air conditioner has started to only run sporadically, it is time to look at the breaker box. Give it at least five minutes to lower the temperature of the breaker box, to prevent injuries during testing.
If the compressor has been working non-stop for too long, you may need to reset the high-pressure limit switch. It is easy to recognize it, as it is a button in the access panel of the compressor. Wait a minute and then power the unit back on.
In conclusion, a malfunctioning air conditioner does not always require expensive repairs. By taking a few minutes to troubleshoot the problem, you may be able to return to a comfortable temperature in your home faster than you thought. If the problem continues, then it is time to call in professionals.