When your air conditioner stops working, it can be an absolute nightmare, and it always seems to happen at the worst time, right in the middle of summer. Then, when you call a repair person, they either charge an outrageous fee, can’t come out to fix the unit immediately, or both. There are several DIY air conditioner repair tips and tricks to save money. Here are just a few:
- Take a look at your breaker – If the unit is not turning on, a simple check of the breaker may fix the issue. Sometimes there are the appliances and lights on the same switch. If breaker trips, it will shut down your AC unit. This is often the reason for failure with your AC unit.
- Check your thermostat – Sometimes the issue is with the thermostat. A simple changing of the batteries may be all that is needed.
- Change the filter – This should be done regularly to keep your AC in working order. If it becomes dirty or clogged, problems may arise. It may be helpful to mark your calendar every month to at least visually check the filter for dirt and if it appears dirty, change. Also, have you filters auto-shipped regularly.
- Clean your outdoor component– Sometimes the outdoor unit can become dirty, disrupting the operation of the AC unit. If you have not had this cleaned recently, now may be the time to do so. Carefully clean the fan blades and take care of any debris.
- Take a look at your ducts – This requires you to climb up into your attic. Once in there, check your ducts to make sure that air is flowing through them. Sometimes these can become clogged and/or dirty, also causing a stoppage in function.
Some have found that YouTube can be extremely helpful in helping those who are handy with tools and are comfortable with taking apart and putting together things. There are too many items that can be serviced and/or repaired by the owner with minimal (if any) prior knowledge or expense. Just make sure that you can do this safely, and if you find yourself in a situation where you feel you are in over your head, then you need to stop al call a professional.
If these steps don’t do the trick, then it is time to call in a professional. If you’re not in too much or a hurry, call a few businesses for quotes. Also, ask around for recommendations. Log onto social media sites such as Nextdoor (if your neighbourhood participates), as it is very likely that someone in your community has gone through the same situation and they have had a great experience with local business and are willing to refer you to them. Some places will even give the referring person compensation for referrals as well as a discount if you mention that person’s name. Also, look for coupons for a percentage off, or a waiving of the initial service call with a paid for service.