AC DIY - What YOU Can Do To Fix Your Air Conditioner
Summer is in full swing and that means the AC is running constantly to keep your home cool. If you're like most homeowners, you probably don't know much about AC repair. And that can be a problem when your AC stops working in the middle of a broiling Phoenix summer. But don't worry – Hobaica Services is here to help you be your own air conditioning superhero!
In this post, we'll show you five common AC repairs that you can do yourself. So read on, and learn how to fix your own air conditioner!
Check The Breaker
If your air conditioner won't turn on at all, it's possible that your breaker has tripped. If you have several appliances, lights and other devices drawing power from the same breaker, it's not uncommon for the breaker to trip and cause the AC unit to shut down. This is a quick and easy check that can save you money, frustration and time.
By resetting the breaker, you may be able to DIY your AC repair and get your unit up and running again without having to call in a professional. However, if the problem persists, it's best to consult with a licensed AC technician to diagnose and fix the issue.
Check The Thermostat
If your air conditioner isn't cooling properly, it might be because the thermostat is not working or set incorrectly. Your thermostat is the control station for your home’s cooling, so resetting the thermostat to the correct temperature can often fix the problem as well as adjusting the setting to AUTO instead of ON. Another simple but effective fix is to change the battery in your thermostat if it has gone dead. Some thermostats have a "vacation" or "hold" feature that can inadvertently be turned on, causing your air conditioner to run less frequently. If all else fails, call a professional for help.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Hobaica Lifetime Thermostat Guarantee to be eligible for a new thermostat if yours breaks, no strings attached!
Change Your Filters
Changing your air filters is by far the easiest and most effective DIY AC repair you can do. A lot of homeowners don’t realize it, but a dirty air filter is actually the most common cause of air conditioner breakdowns.
So if your AC isn’t working, check your filters. If they’re looking gray or brown and clogged with dust and pet hair, they’re ready to be changed. And since it’s easy to forget about your air filters, we suggest setting up calendar reminders - every 60 days if you don’t have pets and every 30 days if you do.
Clean Your Outside Unit
One of the most important things to do when your air conditioner isn’t working is to clean your outdoor unit. Debris can build up over time and block airflow, preventing your AC from working properly. In addition, dirt and dust can accumulate on the coils, making it harder for the unit to cool down.
To clean your outdoor unit, first remove any debris that may be blocking the vents. Next, use a garden hose to spray down the coils, being careful not to bend or damage them. Finally, wipe down the unit with a clean cloth to remove any remaining dirt and dust. By taking these simple steps, you can help ensure that your AC is able to work its best.
Check The Indoor Unit For Ice
If your AC unit is leaking water or not cooling properly, it may be due to ice buildup in the air handler. To check for this, simply look for ice on the coils or frozen water around the unit. If you see any ice, you'll need to melt it.
The best solution here is the set the mode switch on your thermostat from cool to the off position. Then, change your fan operation setting from Auto to On. After a few hours of the fan running constantly without the AC, inspect your indoor coil for ice any remaining ice. If all of the ice is gone, then you're good to go. Reset your thermostat to the normal operating settings. This should temporarily solve the problem - However, you’ll want to have a professional check it out so this problem does not persist.
You’ll Lika… Fixing Your Own AC!
While some AC repairs are best left to the professionals, there are a few that you can do yourself. If you’re feeling handy and want to take a crack at some basic AC repairs, we’ve got you covered. Checking the breaker, changing the battery in your thermostat, changing your air filters, cleaning debris off your outside unit and melting the ice if it freezes up are all simple DIY repairs that could help keep your AC unit running smoothly this summer.
If you find that you need more extensive repairs or if your AC unit has stopped working altogether, don’t hesitate to contact Hobaica for professional assistance. Our team is always available for an appointment to diagnose your AC problem. And we’re ready 24/7/365 to help with any air conditioning issue you are having at 602-633-9555 .
So what are you waiting for? Get started on those repairs and beat the heat!