Air conditioners are a great way to beat the summer heat. However, if your unit lacks maintenance, a good day might turn into a bad one at any time. Make sure you check up on your A.C at least once a month. This will not only save your money but also time. The first thing that you need to do is find yourself some basic tools. Here’s a short list of some tools that you may need:

  1. Multimeter
  2. Nut driver
  3. Voltage tester
  4. Ratchet set
  5. Insulated screwdriver

If your conditioning unit fails to work in the summer heat, your first option is to call an HVAC repair technician. However, you might have to wait days before the contractor shows up at your door. Moreover, you’ll have to pay several hundred dollars before your unit starts working. Thus, while calling in a contractor does seem easy, the hassle to get the work done is pretty daunting. Nevertheless, if you’re comfortable working around electricity, it’s a good option to repair the air conditioner yourself. Not only will the repair be done faster but you will save quite a few dollars on labour. Browse on network.aia.org for more inspiration.

The first that you need to do before checking you’re A.C is to turn it off. Use a voltage tester to make sure that the power supply is zero. Most of the times there’s a problem with the AC contactor or the capacitor. In this case it’s better to buy new parts. Before buying the new parts, list down the model, manufacturing date and model of your unit.

Start with the easy fixes, don’t dig too deep, you might not be able to repair it and end up making the situation worse. So, the best way is to start with the basic.

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