During the hot summer months, there is nothing better than coming into a home with an air conditioning unit. The cool air blowing in your face along with a glass of homemade lemonade somehow makes the humid and stifling weather outside a bit more bearable.
But, one of the biggest complaints that homeowners with air conditioning units have is that they break without warning. However, before spending up to $500 on a new unit or paying an electrician to solve the problem, consider using these steps to bring your air conditioner back to life.
One of the most common issues with air conditioner units is that they are unusually loud. By failing to fix this problem, your entire home could sound like a factory before you know it. The often deafening noise is usually caused by the fan belt, which can become dislodged if the unit is left on for long periods of time. Open up the unit, position the belt back in place and observe whether the bearings in the motor need a good oiling or if the belt needs to be replaced all together.
Another issues homeowners face is that the coils within the unit can freeze. This can inhibit proper circulation of Freon and air. Often times, heat pumps can solve the problem. However, if these devices don't get your air conditioner back running as it should, a calibration check can get rid of the problem.
Finally, air conditioning unit owners often complain that their device leaks water, which can lead to water damage, mold and mildew. If your unit isn't draining away condensation as it should, the condensation pan inside could be rusty. Open up the unit and see if this is the case. Then move down the unit and make sure there are no obstacles keeping the water from draining into the pan.