The AC in your home not only works to keep you comfortable but it also dehumidifies your home. A hot, humid home creates a breeding ground for mildew, mold, and bacteria. To keep your air conditioner in top condition follow these DIY tips.
Are There Any Tripped Breakers?
If your AC isn't running, check your breaker box to see if a breaker has tripped. Resetting the breaker may be any easy fix. If your air conditioner repeatedly trips the breaker, you are in need of a professional.
Check the Air Filter
The AC filter should be changed at least every three months. A clogged filter will cause your unit to struggle cooling your home.
Inspect Your Thermostat Placement
If your thermostat is not maintaining the temperature setting you desire, it could be that the thermostat is not reading the home temperature properly. Televisions, electronic equipment, air flow, window placement, furniture placement can effect the reading. The thermostat should not be positioned in a dark, cool, hot, drafty corner of your home.
Check the Thermostat Settings
If there is a problem, check the thermostat setting. A child could go by and turn the AC from "auto" to "off" without you knowing. Or someone could have changed the setting from "AC" to "fan." With only the fan running, it appears that the AC unit is running, but only warm air is being circulated.
Examine the Outdoor Condenser Unit
Make sure your unit outside is clear of obstructions within a 2 to 3 feet area around the unit. You don't want any blockage of airflow near your unit. It is advised that you do a yearly cleaning. Turn off the unit at the breaker. Use the garden hose to spray upward into the condenser unit to get rid of dust buildup on the condenser coils. Complete the cleaning by spraying downward to flush away dust, dirt, and other debris.
If your unit is still not working properly, contact a professional HVAC technician. If you have a home warranty that covers the AC, contact the company. An AC home warranty usually covers two free cleanings a year and other repair issues.
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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.