Are you excited about the end of winter? Have you tested your air conditioner in anticipation of warmer weather and found that it doesn't seem to be working correctly? It's not uncommon to turn off your working air conditioner in autumn only to have it break when you try to turn it on. This doesn't make the situation any less frustrating, but it may be more understandable. In most cases, this isn't something that you can fix yourself, but there are still a few things you can try while you wait for a technician to come to your house. Some of these things include the following:
While most aspects of air conditioning repair are ones that the average homeowner shouldn't dabble in, you may be able to replace the thermostat on your own if you are already an avid DIY enthusiast and the thermostat you'll be replacing is an older analog one. An analog thermostat may have corroded contacts inside that are preventing it from signaling to the air conditioner that it should turn on, even when the interior temperature of your home is very high. If you have a modern digital thermostat that you suspect is malfunctioning, it's best to leave this to a qualified technician because the interior workings are more complicated than those of an analog thermostat.
A clogged filter can cause problems for an air conditioner, including low airflow and allowing dust to cover the interior workings of the unit itself. For this reason, some air conditioners may have sensors that prevent them from turning on if they aren't getting sufficient airflow. This helps to prevent serious problems that necessitate calling in an actual air conditioning repair technician. If you live in an area with a lot of dust or pollen in the air, a so-called 90-day air filter may only last one month instead of three. Changing the filter and cycling the air conditioner completely off and then on again may make it start working again.
Check the exterior
Did you forget to remove the cover from your air conditioner before testing it? Are there any leaves or other debris partially covering the unit? In order to function properly, an air conditioner needs sufficient airflow around it. Without enough airflow, the unit could start to overheat and become damaged. Some units may have a temperature sensor inside that will shut the whole unit off if a certain temperature is reached in order to prevent this damage from occurring. Instead of requiring air conditioning repair, your unit may simply need to have the cover or leaves removed so that it can cool down and work once again.
Contact a company like Environmental Contractors for more information on air conditioning repair.