Checking Your AC Unit
The first thing you should do when inspecting an air conditioner is making sure that the outside part is clean and dust free. The dirt will affect how well your AC can cool your room, so try and keep this area as dust-free as possible. If there’s some sort of obstruction preventing airflow through this area, such as leaves or household items, remove them carefully.
If your AC is inside a window, then you’ll have to remove all the curtains and furniture that’s blocking the airflow. Curtains will limit the amount of air that can flow into your room from outside, so keep them out.
After this, go to the thermostat and set it at a colder temperature than normal for about an hour or so before checking on your AC again. If it’s blowing cold air already, then this means that most of the parts are working fine and there’s no need to change anything yet. However, if it still hasn’t started turning cool despite being in “cooling mode,” check the compressor unit next.
The Importance Of Hiring An Expert
Have you noticed that your air conditioner has been struggling to keep your home cool lately? Are you noticing some strange noises coming from the unit? Maybe it would be a good idea to get an expert in to take a look at the machine and give you an assessment of what’s going on with it.
An experienced AC repair contractor can make sure there is no serious damage, advice on how much time is left until the machine needs to be replaced, and help you find ways to maintain its efficiency moving forward. If you have a friend who has experience doing this type of work, they may tell you that it’s an easy task and that you can do it yourself. While this is sometimes the case, often times when it comes to AC repair jobs, hiring someone with the proper tools and training is your best option. You can find services for your AC on the contractor’s website.
When you try to do too much with your unit- like take apart parts of the machine in order to clean them or add refrigerant when there isn’t enough in there- without knowing what you are doing, you risk damaging the equipment. This could cause problems for years down the road and cost thousands in unnecessary repairs.
Replace Or Repair Your AC Unit
What size compressor does the unit have? A compressor’s size determines how much power it can provide and how long it will last. Homes with larger units require a stronger compressor to cool properly during peak temperatures.
How old is the unit? The average life expectancy of a central AC unit is 10 years before major components start to break down beyond repair.
How often does the system need repairs? Repairs cost time and money, but a faulty AC unit can damage more equipment or stop running completely if not properly maintained or replaced.