AC repair situations are nerve-wracking since this is not like any other breakdowns we face in our day to day life. We can simply replace our toaster, go to the warranty center when our phone drops from the pocket, change the bulb when fused, let mechanics tow our car when the engine malfunctions. But air conditioning units are unlike any of these. These breakdowns are not that common and that’s why when we come across them, we cannot but freak out.
If you are not an HVAC system expert, you simply can’t guess what to do in that situation other than call for AC maintenance & repair services. But you hardly realize that by the time they come there, the broken-down AC unit has already taken some hits. So, to ensure you don’t make the situation worse before the Air conditioner repair guys come by doing nothing or, doing something wrong, I decided to share some insight on how AC services and repair situations should be handled.
Tip 1 – Don’t keep the air conditioning unit on while you wait for AC services
The biggest mistake people make in handling Heating and Air conditioning repair situations is they keep the AC as it is, fearing they will make it worse. But that’s not the case.
Whenever you see the air conditioner or the heating system breakdown, shut off the unit to ensure the components doesn’t run at their compromised state.
Tip 2 – Don’t try to act you know it all, ask for help if needed
If you don’t understand, don’t lay your hands on it.
Sometimes it can be tempting to try out the tools on something broken, trust me I know. I pull apart our refrigerator when I was 15 because I was really eager to use the tools my father had. That’s a story for some other day.
Anyways, what I am trying to say is don’t try to be a wise-head if you are not sure what are the components and how they play their parts for heating and cooling your home.
Tip 3 – Don’t forget to check your air filters & other internal units
If you are confident that you can handle a basic troubleshoot, make sure you check the air filters and other internal units.
You won’t believe how many AC breakdowns happen due to uncleaned air filters and coils. So as long as you are at it – trying to troubleshoot what is wrong with the unit, don’t forget to check the air filter, coil and other intricate parts.
Tip 4 – Don’t call for help unless you have checked the Switch Breaker or Safety Switch
Whether you believe or not, all air conditioner breakdown is not the fault of your HVAC system. Sometimes, switch breaker or safety switch can be the culprit behind the sudden shutdown of your heating and cooling system. So, next time your heat pump, gas furnace or central air conditioner shuts down, don’t just blame your AC, check the electric line but only if you know your way around electric wires. Otherwise, wait for professionals to step in.
Tip 5 – Don’t just pull things apart without any precaution
This goes without saying but when you are trying to troubleshoot your HVAC system, you should not pull things apart without proper precaution and safety measures.
Sometimes just the screws and panels can be tempting to you. But don’t submit into the temptation because once you pull it apart, if you don’t know how to put it back, you will need to pay more for AC repair services.
Tip 6 – Don’t forget to check the air duct system indoor
Just like the switch breaker and safety switch, there are other factors that barge in when it comes to AC breakdowns.
Apart from safety switches, the air duct system can also be the reason behind your Air conditioner breakdown. However, it is quite rare and visible. So, if you come across an air duct system fault, you will most likely hear the air leaking sound or some sort of clinging sound.
By the way, while you are at the air duct repair phase, make sure to get air duct cleaning done so that you don’t have to pay extra to call for the air duct specialists again when you need mold removal or complete air duct cleaning.
Bottom line is – don’t sit in your home if it’s discomforting. Open the windows and let the air come in while the AC is broken. Don’t suffocate inside your house. Take your children or infants to neighbors while your AC is being looked at.
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