Home Air Conditioner Repair "101"

Keep your cool and learn about air conditioner repair, maintenance installation and more

Your air conditioner is a nifty little system; it cools and liquefies a very cold substance (called refrigerant), then circulates it around to a blower that then pushes air from home across it making it really cold and dry.

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It's a godsend during most summer days in the U.S., and when you're in need of A/C repair, you and your family can become desperate to say the least.

It's important then to learn which repairs and problems you can do yourself, when you need to call a professional to evaluate the problem, and also how to actually avoid the need for air conditioning repairs in the first place.

It's true that most window and central air conditioner issues are due to poor maintenance. For example, bent fan blades in your condenser unit (the big noisy box outside) can force undo strain on your A/C motor.

Air conditioner coils should always be clean and free of dirt and debris to avoid other efficiency problems. Also, your condenser should always be in a level position to operate properly. A room or window air conditioner should be kept clean too, including the filter.

Air conditioner troubleshooting can be a little difficult if you're totally unfamiliar with all the parts to your system. If air isn't cooling (or worse, moving), you can always start by inspecting the thermostat, your condenser unit and your main system blower.

Of course, you should also verify that there is power going to both your condenser and your central air blower. From there, you can try to narrow things down to the root problem.

Again though, proper maintenance and regular care for your air conditioner is a must. Just as you tune up your car and change the oil, you need to tune up your home air conditioner and change filters. Doing this diligently could help you save and even avoid future air conditioner repair costs.

  • Home Air Conditioner Troubleshooting
    Whether your home A/C won't turn on, cycles on/off too much or just isn't making things cooler, this guide will help you investigate what's going on. In many cases, you can then solve the problem and at the least become aware of where the issue is if it's time to call the technician.
  • Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips
    An apple a day keeps the doctor away they say... well, the same is true for air conditioners. Instead of fruit though, you can use this basic but essential maintenance guideline to ward of repairs and prolong the overall life of your air conditioning equipment.
  • Air Conditioner BTU
    What the heck is this A/C term? Well, it's pretty important when it comes to problem solving or sizing new air conditioner units. Get the d411 on this lingo and how to use it to your advantage when keeping your home cool.
  • Window Air Conditioner Review
    Looking to cool just a room, office or section of your house? Install a window A/C unit. This review gives you the low-down so you can choose among the premium and best-for-the-value brands and models to make your space comfortable in the heat.
  • How to Install a Window Air Conditioner
    Once you've purchased a new window unit or are ready to relocate a new one, this guide is full of the steps and hints you need to make installing a window air conditioner a breeze.
  • Changing an Air Filter
    If you use your cooling system (or furnace), then you need to do this. Completing this task comes down to learning where your air filter is on your blower, determining the proper size, and finally installation.
  • Ceiling Fan Makes Noise
    We're not talking about "wind noise" here... humming, rattling or creaking sounds often eminate from your fan while you're trying to keep cool (and avoiding usingthe air conditioner too much!). Check out these tips to get your environment quiet again.
  • Thermostat Troubleshooting
    Before assuming an air conditioner repair is in your future, check your thermostat for possible problems first. Use this list to see if your troubles lie in the device that controls your A/C unit.

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