When it comes to purchasing a new air conditioning unit, most people will find that the best choice for their needs is a window mounted AC unit. This is for several reasons, not least of which is the fact that window mounted AC units a good deal smaller and have a very simple and straightforward installation procedure. However, despite how simple these units are and the fact that they come highly recommended in many regards, window AC units will still develop flaws and break down. When they do, most people’s first instinct will be to take them to a repair shop and pay a professional repairer to get their AC fixed because they think it will be cheaper than just buying a new unit. While this is true, not all AC units need to be replaced or need professional repair. It is entirely possible that you may able to do a little AC window unit DIY repair.
The following set of tips and tricks for window unit DIY repair can easily save you time and money that would otherwise be spent getting your AC unit fixed up by pros when it might not need exhaustive repair.
Tip #1: Clean your Unit
If your AC unit has broken down, one of the most basic things to try is simply cleaning your unit out. Many of the most common issues with window mounted AC units in need of repair originate from the fact that the unit in question needs to be cleaned out of dust due to not having been cleaned out in a long time.
Tip #2: Open it up and check the interior
Sometimes a non-functional AC unit can be a simple fix, but many simple fixes require you to get inside the unit and check out what’s wrong with the actual hardware. Many people use an air conditioning repairman because they don’t check to see if what’s wrong is something that they can address without the need for a repairman. A quick check to see what’s wrong with your window AC can potentially save you having to spend money on professional services.
Tip #3: Check for the simple issues
In many cases, problems like your AC unit not running may simply be down to the fact that you did not notice it was unplugged. Check for simple things like this before you go running to a repairman. It will save you quite a bit of embarrassment and money if you make sure that your AC is actually broken before you go running off to get it fixed.
Tip #4: Consider a replacement capacitor
Your AC unit’s capacitor is used to store excess electricity and prevent damage as well as to store and release electricity as needed and to prevent fan motor damage. However, the capacitor will wear out over time, and many of them need to be replaced. If you have problems with your AC, then consider replacing the capacitor if it is getting a little bit old.
This is a fairly simple process. All you need to do is take a picture, so you know where the wires go, disconnect the capacitor, make sure all the electricity is discharged and connect the new capacitor in the same place as the old one.
Tip #5: Know when something is best handled by the pros
While some things can easily be fixed by a few simple tricks or restarting your device, sometimes your AC simply cannot be fixed through DIY tricks. Know what issues are best handled by a professional repairman and recognize when seeking one out is your best bet, so you don’t end up damaging your AC unit further in an attempt to save money by avoiding a repairman. Odds are that this will only lead to an even more expensive repair bill, in the end.
If you need more tips and suggestions for window unit DIY repair, then Contact Aladdin Plumbing today for more information.