Tips For Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

If you have an air conditioner, then it's pretty important that you keep it running smoothly. Here are some techniques that you can use when something goes wrong:

Is Your AC Not Running at All? 

In this case, you might have a problem with the power. If your AC isn't getting electricity, then it won't run at all. First, check the circuit breaker to see if any switches have been flipped. Next, take a look at the power line to the air conditioner. If you can see anything obviously wrong with it, then it's a good idea to call a professional. Air conditioners use a lot of power and you don't want to try to replace the power line if it might be malfunctioning. Lastly, you might need to use a multimeter to check whether or not the AC's capacitor is working correctly. While this can easily be done with some inexpensive tools (you can find a multimeter at your local home improvement store or online), you'll need to make sure that you keep proper safety procedures in mind and try to avoid exposing yourself to electrical current.

Is Your AC Running at a Reduced Capacity?

This can be an even bigger problem because it can go undetected for quite a while. Your AC might be using a lot more power than it should to deliver a lot less cold air than you need. In this case, you might need to open up the AC and take a look at the evaporator. If the inside of your AC is particularly dirty, then that can drastically reduce the efficiency of the cooling process. Clean everything off and then try running the AC again.

If that still doesn't work. then you might want to check your ventilation to see if there is a problem there. You might be getting plenty of cold air in certain rooms, but not in other rooms. Ventilation blockages can be pretty difficult to clean out if you don't have the proper tools, so it might be a good idea to call a professional vent cleaning service.

If you still have a problem, then the solution might be a bit more involved, like replacing the coolant in your air conditioner. This is pretty technical work, so you might not want to do it yourself. Hiring a professional is an excellent idea if you need to have actual repairs done on your air conditioner.