DIY Fixes for your Air Conditioners

AC Repair and Air Conditioning

There are many repairs that you can do on your own while trying to fix your air conditioner. There are also many that you need to call a professional for. Here is a list of things you can do on your own and of ones that you should call a professional.

Be careful when you do your own repairs, you do not want to make anything worse and maybe even more costly for you. You can call a professional such as Pride Air Conditioning to help you to find out what the issue may be. They may be willing to talk you through the issues and help you to repair it without them coming out. 

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Do It Yourself Fixes

  • Filters

This is one of the first things that you should check, because dirty filters can cause your air conditioner to not work properly. You will need to check the filters and if they are dirty, either clean it or replace it. This is one of the easiest of the repairs that you can do and almost anyone can do it.

  • Check Your Breaker

This is another very simple fix that you can do on your own before you call a repairman. Check the breaker on your unit and in your home to see if it has flipped. If it has, just flip it back on and your problem should be fixed. If not, keep looking to see what other simple repairs can be made.

  • Check Your Thermostat

There are a couple of things you can check on your thermostat, and they are simple to do. The first thing you should check is to see what setting your thermostat is on. It could be that you have it set to heat instead of cool, or that you have it only on the fan setting. You might also need to replace your thermostat, which requires a bit more skill, but can be done on your own. You can get some assistance in replacing a thermostat here: If you do not feel certain of your abilities, call in the professionals. 

  • Melt Any Ice

If your air conditioning unit is iced over, it will not run properly. You will need to melt the ice, either by running the fan only and allowing it to melt the ice more quickly or turn off the unit completely and let the ice melt slower. Once the ice is melted, you can turn your air conditioner on in the normal way and it should work properly for you once again. If that does not fix the issue, it is time to call a professional.

  • Clean the Compressor

You can make sure that all the debris is off your compressor to make sure it is running efficiently. You can take a water hose and spray it off to get the dirt and debris off it. You can also make sure that there are no plants on it or growing through it. If there are, remove them all because those plants can make your unit run poorly. If you remove all the debris and still have an issue, it is time to call in the professional. 

These are just a few of the things that you can do on your own to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency. The following are things that you should probably call a professional for. 

  • Poor Airflow

If you have cleaned your ducts and compressor and are still not getting good airflow, it is time to call the professional out. You could have an issue with your air ducts or your compressor that you would not be able to repair yourself. Your air ducts may have holes in them that are restricting your air flow. Your compressor may be locked up and need repaired or replaced.

  • Warm Air

If you feel warm air coming from your vents, and you have checked your thermostat to make sure that it is set on cool, it might be a signal that there is an issue with your compressor. It could also mean that you are running low on refrigerant, and it needs to be charged. These are issues that need to be dealt with by a professional. 

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  • Strange Odors

If you are smelling strange odors coming from your system, it may be indicative of having electrical issues with your unit. You will definitely need to call a professional in this case, because trying to do the work yourself could end up causing a fire or even electrocution. You could also damage your unit and make it a more costly fix. 

  • Odd Sounds

When your air conditioner is running smoothly, you should only hear a slight hum. If you are hearing odd sounds coming from your unit, you should call a repairman that can diagnose and fix the problem. You could have some obstruction in the unit that you did not see while you were cleaning the debris from your compressor, or it could be something worse. 

These are just a few of the things that could go wrong with your air conditioning unit. There are many other things that could go wrong, and you would probably want to call a professional out to diagnose the problem. While they are there, they can also fix whatever issue that you need fixed, saving you another service call fee.