DIY – Thermostats
Any time the air conditioner is refusing to kick on and the temperature is getting uncomfortable, ensure that the unit is actually on. Examine the thermostat to see that the unit has not been turned off or that the thermostat has not been set too high.
DIY – Blown Fuses and Tripped Circuit Breakers
An air conditioner refusing to kick on despite a working thermostat means you should pay a visit to the main service panel before picking up a phone. In older houses, look for a blown fuse. Modern wiring systems work via the circuit breaker, so check that the breaker has not tripped. Replace a blown fuse, or reset the circuit breaker before calling your technician.
DIY – Dirty Air Filters
Look for dirty air filters if there is a noticeable change in the efficiency of the air conditioner’s ability to cool quickly. Dirty and clogged air filters can significantly reduce the effectiveness of the air conditioner and cause it to work twice as hard to produce the same level of cooling.
DIY – Duct Obstruction
If a room appears to not be getting as cool as usual, look for obstruction to the airflow. Ensure that the duct register has not been closed or partially shut. If the ducts are located on the floor, ensure that airflow isn’t obstructed by curtains or furniture.
DIY – Condenser Airflow
Go outside to check on the outdoor unit for proper airflow. Obstructions to airflow will cause an air conditioner to work below peak efficiency, so make a habit of paying attention to the outdoor unit. Remove any vines that are growing along the outside of the unit. Look into the grille to see if the fan is obstructed by a foreign object. Prune back trees or shrubs that are blocking effective airflow to the unit.
DIY – Blower Belt Tension
Check the blower fan belt for proper tension. A belt that is either too tight or too loose will adversely affect performance. Turn off power to the unit before inspecting the blower belt. While you are examining the belt, also inspect the fan blade for signs of dirt buildup. Any accumulation of dirt more than 1/16-inch thick should be cleaned by a professional.
DIY -GFCI Receptacle Reset
- Typically the CFCI plug is located in the bathroom, kitchen or garage. It will be a different looking plug with two buttons in the middle, usually a test and of course a reset. The reset button is what you want to push to get the circuit operational again.
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