Tips for DIY AC Repair

By admin / January 6, 2020
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The air condition is one of those revolutionary inventions without which life has become almost unimaginable. So today, we have the luxury of staying in mild temperatures at home or work during the warmest days.

But some people are not feeling comfortable with these conditions and turning the AC on (allergy sufferers or respiratory patients). Here you can find tips on how to cool down without having to turn on these devices.

Each home appliance has its lifetime. With regular servicing and proper use, air conditioning can last you a long time. However, there are often small failures that can be repaired without calling a professional repairer. Proper diagnostics are critical, so you know what solution to apply.

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Device Not Turning on

If the air conditioner will not turn on, the first step is to check the remote control (if any) and the thermostat. Check whether the device reports any errors on display. If nothing is shown, the batteries may have run out. It is advisable to put alkaline batteries because ordinary ones can drain and damage the device electronics due to the poor quality of the cells.

If everything is OK with the remote control, check the socket where the AC unit is plugged in. It may have become wet or dusty. Let it dry and try another device to see if it works. If not, call an electrician – the problem is not in your AC unit.

The next step is to check the power, that is, the signal reception sensor. It is in a thermostat and may have dirt on it that interferes with the operation of the unit. Keep these sensors clean and dry. Once in a while, remove the thermostat lid and clean the entire unit with a dry cloth.

Capacitor Issues

The most common issue of an air conditioner is a failure of the capacitor. It happens due to high temperatures, low voltage, or power out. A capacitor gives the initial boost to the entire air conditioning system, so if it doesn’t work correctly, cooling down will be sluggish, and the system has troubles turning on and off.

If this part fails, you can do the replacement on the spot, so you should always have a spare capacitor. This part is not expensive, you can find it in any appliance store, and its replacement is pretty straightforward.

Experts from advise replacing this part with precaution if your AC unit is several years old. In some instances, if a malfunction occurs in the electronic part of the system, take the device to a service center.

Water Leaking

You should solve the problem depending on whether the leak has occurred on the indoor or outdoor unit. In both cases, turn off the power as soon as you notice water and then start looking for a solution. First, check that the drain line is not blocked. Dry it and vacuum it.

The outdoor unit wastes some amount of condensation when the unit is running, and this is normal. However, if this happens when the AC is off, try cleaning the filter and checking the drain pan. Maybe it’s rusty that’s why there’s a leak. Then you should change it.

Cleaning Filter and Condenser Coils


The poor workflow of your AC unit is a primary indicator that the filter has broken, or that the evaporator coil has frozen. The first thing you need to do is remove and clean the filter. When using the AC, dust collects faster when turned off. Except dirty filters can restrict the airflow, all possible allergens harmful to our health can accumulate on it.

It is best first to vacuum the filter and then wipe it with a damp tissue. For extra freshness, you can apply a few drops of essential oils to the cloth. You can also use special degreasers for the units in the kitchen. If the problem is still there after cleaning the filter, try to defrost coils, and then to clean them.

Guidelines on how to do the cleaning of condenser coils find below: .

Proper and well-adjusted air conditioning is a lifesaver during hot, summer days. If you’re worried about the environment, keep in mind that, with the advancement of science and environmental awareness, old types of these home appliances are slowly being replaced by new, less polluting technologies.

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