Being a homeowner is a big responsibility and one that requires doing regular checks in and around your home, making sure every aspect of it is running smoothly and without a hitch.
Part of being a homeowner also means being able to do simple troubleshooting and quick fixes around your home. For example, you might find one of your home appliances suddenly malfunctioning. Before calling any kind of service for some quick repairs, it would be ideal if you can inspect and determine the problem yourself first.
This is especially true for your air conditioning system. Read on to learn a few simple air conditioning maintenance tips and tricks every homeowner should know.
What do you do if your air conditioner turns on but won’t cool the room?
- Before doing any kind of inspection or troubleshooting with your air conditioning unit, make sure you turn off the power as a safety measure.
- Check the filter. If it is particularly dirty and clogged, either clean the filter or replace it entirely with a new one.
- Check the air conditioning unit’s coils to see if ice has formed on them. If so, carefully turn on the power and a fan in order to melt the ice from the coils.
- Inspect the condensate drain if it has been clogged or is too dirty, and clean it accordingly.
- Inspect your air conditioning unit’s outdoor compressor and clean it as needed.
Time for some useful trivia: what is a condensate drain and what is its purpose?
The purpose of a condensate drain is to allow water to flow out of an air conditioning unit. Because an air conditioner removes moisture from the air, this moisture can become water, and must, therefore, be drained out of the unit constantly.
However, because of the moisture, algae can grow on the condensate drain and block the drainpipe where the water is supposed to flow out. If this component becomes clogged, the air conditioner will automatically shut off and stop working.
How can you check your air conditioner’s indoor air handler?
1. Before starting any work, make sure there is no power flowing through the air conditioner. If the air handler is a gas furnace, on the other hand, make sure to first turn off the gas to cut off supply to the furnace before doing any kind of inspection and repair.
2. Remove the cover of the air handler cabinet in order to get access to the filter. Inspect the filter and clean or replace as you see fit.
3. Check for any formation of ice, particularly around the coils. Similar to the solution for ice formations around the coils of the main air conditioning unit, use a fan to melt these ice formations.
Time for some useful trivia: What causes ice to form in your air conditioning unit’s air handler?
There are two common causes for ice formation within your air handler:
1. The airflow through the air handler has been greatly reduced because of a clogged up filter, dirty coils or a malfunctioning fan.
2. Your air conditioning unit’s refrigerant levels have gone down, which must then be recharged.