The Household Academy
March 21, 2020
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Can You Repair Your Own Air Conditioner?

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Let's say it's the middle of summer and the heat is bearing down on you, and your air conditioner breaks down. I bet you would do anything to not pay all that money to have it repaired. Before you race to the phone directory to find an air conditioner repair company, there are some simple repairs you can do yourself to get your air conditioner blowing cold once again.

First, you'll need to get out the owner's manual that came with your air conditioning unit. Whenever you get an item like an air conditioner installed, be sure to keep the manual and any other documents related to the unit to use as a reference, in case there are problems. If you don't have the manual anymore, you may be able to find the information you need online if you have a unit from companies like Kenmore or Lennox. You can also call the manufacturer to receive a manual before you start the air conditioner repair process.

Always make sure your system is completely off before you begin to check it. You'll have to use the electrical panel for shutoff, or you can press the disconnect or 'off' button which may be located next to the outdoor compressor in your home. Be sure that all leaves and dirt are raked and swept away from the air conditioner, so that you won't damage the parts of the unit while you're inspecting it. Remove the protective grill from the fins of the unit, and a use a soft brush to get rid of all the dirt that may be caught in the fins. A brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner works great for this as well.

After you unscrew and lift the grill, make sure that you're not damaging any wires, and from inside the unit, you'll need to hose out the fins. You may be required to lubricate the motor for air conditioner repair, but be sure not to over lubricate.

Now, you're ready to reassemble the unit. Be sure to put all the parts together in the same order you took them apart. You can then turn the unit back on to test it, and set the thermostat to the desired temperature. Keep running the unit for a few minutes, and check the pipes that are connected to the condenser unit. One of the pipes should feel cool, and the other should feel warm. This way your house will have a balanced temperature through the whole home. If you find that the pipes are the same temperature, you may need to call a technician if the temperatures don't change within a few minutes of your air conditioner repair.

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