5 Simple Air Conditioning Repairs You Can Try DIY
An air conditioner is one of the greatest appliances a home can have. When the outdoor heat reaches its peak in Southern California, an air conditioner is the only sure-fire way to stay cool and comfortable indoors. Of course, an air conditioner is only good when it works, right?
At West Coast Chief Appliance, we have decades of experience repairing air conditioners and are happy to share some tips and tricks with you so you can take the issue into your own hands. Though it may seem difficult to imagine, you can often mend your air conditioner yourself by following these handy steps, or at least narrow down the potential problems.
- If your air conditioner is running, but not cooling the air, first check the unit from the outside if possible, and try to feel if there is any warm air escaping. This is an important first step to figuring out if there is something wrong.
- If there is no hot air escaping the back of the air conditioner, this is a problem, as part of an air conditioner’s main purpose is to blow warm air from your home outside. If the fan is not working properly, the compressor may become overheated. Before consulting a professional, check to make sure all cords and wires are properly in place, and then the fan should work well.
- Inspect the refrigerant lines. There is a small one and a large one. If the larger one is frosted, this means that there isn’t proper airflow running through the inside of the unit, and your refrigerant levels may be low. Turn the fan switch to “on,” and let it run for about 30 minutes. The compressor will shut off during this time, allowing you to inspect the state of the refrigerant lines. If the larger line is not cool and seemingly running smooth, then you may have compressor problems, or are low on refrigerant.
- Air conditioners have a temperature sensor that allows it to adjust the temperature of the room. If this sensor is off track, it may cause the air conditioner to run unreliably. To correct the issue, bend the wire that connects to the sensor, allowing it to perform better. It should now be able to detect the temperature of the room and run according to the setting you select.
- When we get humid weather, you may find your air conditioner is not behaving properly. This may be due to the condensation drain, which collects condensation that drips off the refrigerant lines, which we often see being plugged up when the weather is most humid. Check out the drain and see if it is clogged. If it is, carefully clear the clog and adjust the drain to make sure it is correctly positioned to help prevent future clogs.
These are just some of the most common little issues with your air conditioner that you can repair yourself.
We hope that if these steps do not solve the issues you are having with your air conditioner, then you will call on us at West Coast Chief Repair.
We perform air conditioning repairs throughout the Los Angeles area, and we will be able to tell you if your air conditioner is worth repairing, or if it makes more sense to purchase a new one. It is our pleasure serving you and sharing our expertise! Give us a call today at 800-810-7813, or stop by one of our West Coast Chief store locations.