DIY Tips to help self-diagnose your A/C unit

Here are some Do it yourself tips on diagnosing your ac unit this will help with eliminating the need to call and ac company for something you can do yourself helping you save extra money on an annual base. We hope this helps!!

If your unit is freezing first things you want to do are:

-Set unit to fan only to allow unit to defrost.

-Check status of Filter to see if clogged as restricted airflow can cause the unit to freeze over.

-If you can look underneath the Coils to see if they are clogged/dirty, it will have to be extremely dirty in order for this option to be the issue.

If your unit is not cooling but is blowing air:

-Go outside and check to see if the outside unit is running,

-If it is, listen to see if the unit is making any funny noises.

If your unit is not blowing any air:

-Check to see if outside unit is turning on.

-Check breaker for unit to make sure the unit is getting power.

-Take wet vacuum connect to drain line and such out any clog that might be there causing float switch to turn off the unit.

If your unit is leaking water:

-Check to see if your drain line is clogged or draining you can do this by either checking where your drain goes outside to see if any water is draining while unit is on should be a constant drip

– Take wet vacuum connect to drain line and such out any clog

-Check to see if unit coils are frozen and if so refer to option for unit freezing.

Here are some basics expressions are terms we use in the HVAC world:

-Air Handler (inside unit)

-Condensing unit/condenser (outside unit, usually on a slab or on a roof)

-Condensing fan motor (fan motor in the condensing unit)

-Compressor (Heart of AC unit, usually located in the condensing)

-Evaporating Coils (Coils located in the Air Handler)

-Condensing Coils (Coils located in the condensing unit).

Many homeowners are unsure and intimidated by the size of an AC unit truth is a lot of the repairs and service calls can be avoided by using our easy to follow DYI steps for basic repairs that may not need a certified technician. We urge all of our current and future customers to try to first diagnose their unit. As much as we want your business we would prefer to save you as much money as you can so when you really need a repair it’s us you call or recommend.

We feel by proving this useful set of steps information homeowners will be able to save on over all expenses at the end of the year. Homeowners will now have the confidence to tackle the small issues without having to fear pop up costs for repairs that can be done without hiring an AC contractor.

If at any time you feel your unit is having serious issues and or you are not comfortable preforming the steps above you can contact us at any time. We will be more than happy to come assist you with all your ac needs.