It can be quite frustrating to find out that your air conditioner is not working as expected, especially on a very hot or cold day. Even though most air conditioner repairs should be handled by a certified professional, that is likely to cost you a lot of money. So before you pick up the phone to call a repairman, it is always a good idea to check if there is anything you can do on your end. There are certain troubleshooting measures you can take to not only get your air conditioner working properly but to also save some money.
Identify the problem
Any troubleshooting endeavor should start with identifying the problem. Once you identify the problem, only then can you know what to do. If you find out that your air conditioner is not cooling or warming its designated area properly, the first step to take is to check the power. Many people do not realize that this simple step could save them valuable time and money. Checking the power means checking the wall outlet and the power cable that goes into the air conditioner. Once you certify that both are ok, turn the wall outlet off then on again, then press the power button on your air conditioner. If it does not turn on, that means the problem could be internal and there is nothing you can do unless you are an electrician.
If the air conditioner turns on but is not cooling the area well, check the filter. A dirty filter will hamper the air conditioner’s ability to blow out hot or cold air. Cleaning the filter is relatively easy. You can wash it – be sure to check if this is advisable-, wipe it down or even use a blower to blow dust out of it. If this does not help, you could get a replacement. Most air conditioner owner manuals usually have the steps required to remove and change a filter so be sure to consult your manual before removing or replacing your filter.
If you find the temperature swinging wildly from hot to cold and back, maybe the pump is not working correctly. If you find the temperature dropping lower or rising higher than the temperature set on the thermostat, maybe your thermostat is not calibrated properly. Before you do anything, give the air conditioner a few minutes to see if it gets a good sample of the volume of the room and calibrates itself.
If a pool of water starts to form around the air conditioner, there may be something blocking the discharge of condensation. It may also be that your pump is not working correctly. For blockages, you can check to see if there is anything wrong with the tube and if the pump is not working correctly, it may be broken and needs to be replaced or may not be receiving power.