AC unit repair can strike fear in any homeowner. Just looking at all the things that might cause you to need AC unit repair is overwhelming. But, homeowners should never automatically assume that their AC is completely broken. By running through a simple checklist of common issues, you may be able to save yourself some time and money before having to sweat it out.
· Is the condensation hose draining properly?
· Are the coils on the outside of unit bent and not allowing air in?
· Is the refrigerant line properly insulated?
· Do you have a fresh air filter in place? Is the unit kicking on when you turn the temperature down to 60?
These are the things that tell you whether or not you need a professional for your AC unit repair.
The thermostat is the first place to go. Turn it down to 60 and see if the unit kicks on. If it is not getting electricity, then you either have tripped a breaker, blown a fuse or the capacitor is bad. You can easily check the breaker and the fuse, but if your capacitor is bad, you need to call a professional for this type of AC unit repair.
If you have warm air blowing through the house, then you probably need a professional. This is usually indicative of a problem in either the condenser or the evaporator, which are both sealed. AC unit repair of this type means a professional will need to come and test the condenser to see if it has the proper amount of refrigerant. He will also test levels at the evaporator. The evaporator coil is what cools the air before it is forced through your air ducts.
Basically, for anything beside the routine cleaning and maintenance procedures, you will need a professional. You can change out an air filter, keep the grass away from the condenser and even change out a thermostat. But, for AC unit repair that requires adding refrigerant, checking for refrigerant leaks, working with the condenser and repairing evaporator coil issues, you need a qualified professional who has been trained in safe handling and is knowledgeable about your particular system.
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