3 Suggestions For When Your Air Conditioner Stops Working

Have you recently turned on your air conditioner this year and found that it's doing very little to actually cool the air? Are you worried that you're going to have to spend summer without a functional air conditioner? If your air conditioner isn't working, the best thing you can do is to call a professional to get it checked out. But if you don't currently have the time or money to spare making such an appointment, there may be some things you can do to temporarily get your air conditioner working until you can get everything checked out. A few of the things you can try include:

1. Replacing filter: A dirty or otherwise clogged filter is one of the biggest reasons why people have to call air conditioning repair services in the first place. A clean filter allows air to circulate freely through it. But as it becomes filled with dust, hair, pollen, and other airborne contaminants, it becomes more difficult for the air conditioner to pull air through. The harder the air conditioner works, the more likely it is to overheat and be in need of repairs. If you are always forgetting to replace your filter, replacing it now may work for a short while until you can have a technician perform whatever needs to be done to fix it.

2. Shutting off electricity: When you turn off your air conditioner, this typically doesn't completely shut off power to the unit. Depending on how old the unit is, part of it may stay partially active while it waits to be called on again. This part may contain sensors and/or other computerized parts that could need to be replaced by your air conditioning repair services company. But totally shutting off power to the air conditioner at the circuit breaker may work like a reboot of your laptop computer does; it could get the air conditioner working again, at least for a little while.

3. Cleaning exterior: In general, your air conditioner shouldn't need to be cleaned off. Although leaves and other debris may blow against the unit, it's also usually washed off by rain and other precipitation. But if too much dust somehow manages to collect on the exterior of the unit, this could cause it to overheat and be in need of air conditioning repair services. With a gentle spray from your hose, especially if you have a ground-based unit, you may clean off enough of this debris that the air conditioner is able to work until you can get a repair technician to check it out.