As soon as I purchased my first home, I realized that it was going to be difficult to take care of all of the appliances. I was worried that some components would fail or that others would simply suffer from neglect. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to do in order to avoid these types of problems. To ward off my worries, I decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor who could help. I was able to find an incredible business in my area who really cared about their products and services. They taught me how to look for problems and how to troubleshoot a lagging system. Check out this blog for more information about protecting your HVAC system.
Understandably, you might not want to take on an AC repair bills. Air conditioning repair is a job that should almost always be left to a qualified and licensed professional, but there are a few things you can do to determine if a system requires that level of attention.
Check for Outside Issues
Especially if you have trees near your home that drop lots of leaves, it's worth checking whether leaves are clogging up the vents on the outside components of the AC unit. Check even if it's not the fall because weird things can happen. It's also wise to look for things like birds and small animals nesting there. Clearing the obstruction may be all that's required to get the system working. These tricks usually work best when there's a funny smell coming from the system.
Verify That the Thermostat Isn't the Problem
If the AC isn't coming on, you may want to confirm that the problem isn't the thermostat by giving it a slight jiggle. Loose wiring can cause issues. Also, some newer smart thermostat systems may need to be reset, just like lots of computerized systems do.
Replace the Filter
A clogged filter can force a system to draw more power. Likewise, it can lead to worse results because weak airflow makes it harder for the system to push a satisfactory amount of air.
It's also worth checking the type of filter in use. Some aggressively designed anti-allergen filters can be obstructive even out of the box. In the worst scenarios, these filters can cause fans in the AC system to blow out because they're working too hard.
This is another trick that involves clearing obstructions. Find all the vents that feed AC into the various rooms of your house and clean them. This includes removing the registers, and it's also okay to do some light dusting as far into the vent as you can easily reach with the available household equipment.
When to Call an AC Repair Pro
It's prudent to know when to stop playing around with little tricks and call a technician. Any mechanical or greasy smells should be addressed by a pro right away. The same goes for clanking and banging sounds inside the AC unit.
Similarly, if the unit is blowing nothing but hot air, it probably needs to be recharged. That's a job that only a licensed technician is legally allowed to handle.
To learn more, contact an air conditioning repair professional.