HomeTriangle Guides: The Do's and Don'ts To Follow When Your AC Goes Out


We are stepping into the spring season and it's scorching hot already, especially when your AC goes out. So, here are some Do's and Don't's to follow.

We are stepping into the spring season and its scorching hot already, especially when your AC goes out. We get it. People get desperate from the heat and they figure it’s next to impossible to get an AC technician out on short notice. While that’s not true of Hometriangle, we see a lot of home remedies that people concocted as they’re waiting for our competition. While these fixes may provide a little levity at first, some of them can be quite dangerous.

Things you shouldn’t try when you ac goes out:

1. Start taking apart your ac.

Many people begin troubleshooting on their own assuming the wait for an AC technician will be long. In our case, we often end up putting things back together before they do. Unless you have some good strong background in AC maintenance and wiring, avoid the desire to disassemble your unit. It may be hard to sit and wait for a fix but it will likely save you time and money from doing it yourself.
Even when you do know what you’re doing, taking an old unit apart may cause brittle and worn pieces to break and there’s not much you can do at that point until help arrives.

2. Duct tape the lines back together again.

duct tape in an ac pipe
A common issue we see is AC lines and pipes that have been severed by some external influence. Often, someone realizes the mistake and tapes it back up again then calls us out. It’s cool. Mistakes happen but don’t pretend your dog did it. Their lack of opposable thumbs and fur-covered paws make using duct tape very difficult. It’s completely unsafe for canines no matter how much Rover wants to help.

3. Opening your freezer and blowing cool air out.

While not dangerous at first, the longer you keep the freezer door open, the more the contents inside are prone to melt. When they do, water will drip and it can short out your fan, creating dangerous shock potential. Water and electricity just aren’t good together. Not to mention most freezers aren’t made to stay open longer than 30 seconds at a time.

Things you should do when you ac goes out:

1. Call an A/C professional immediately.

While it may turn out to be a minor problem, we suggest calling a professional immediately because during the spring time, during the summer, you could be experiencing a wait before they can service your unit. Call a professional, get on their list, then try our suggestions below. You can always call back and cancel if you fix the issue yourself.

Want priority appointment service? Consider giving Hometriangle a call.

2. Check the condensate drain.

This is one of the most common problems because of high humidity. Most air conditioners have a safety mechanism that will switch the unit off when the condensate drain becomes blocked or filled with water. No matter what you do, that A/C unit will not start functioning again until you empty the drain of water. Depending on your unit, it may be as easy as removing a drip pan and dumping it or using a wet/dry vac to suck out the water. If the condensate drain is what’s causing your issue, the unit should restart as soon as the water is drained.

3. Check the A/C unit’s power.

If the unit is completely silent and never started up, you’ll want to verify it has power. Go to your fuse box and make sure the corresponding fuse hasn’t been tripped. If resetting it doesn’t work, you may need a new fuse or the help of an experienced repair technician.
These are some of the most common A/C problems we see in India. However, checking these items is not the only thing you should do when your A/C goes out. Using fans to make yourself comfortable until help arrives is a good idea. Also, stay hydrated. An A/C repairman can fix your air conditioning unit easily, fixing a dehydrated, overheated person is more difficult.

4. Check your thermostat.

check your thermostat
If you have a faulty thermostat, your A/C unit will not get the message from the thermostat that it’s time to cool down. To rule your thermostat out, go to your A/C unit and turn it on manually. If it kicks on and starts to cool normally, the problem is your thermostat and one you can replace on your own, if you are so inclined.
Also, make sure no one has changed your setting on the thermostat. The setting should read cool.

Take precautions and call someone you can trust to service your unit quickly and efficiently. Call Hometriangle today
Source : EasyAC

You can also read about Symptoms of a Bad or Failing AC



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