Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.
In theory, you should have your air conditioner serviced before the hot summer arrives. In reality, most people don't call an HVAC professional to fix there AC until there is something wrong. Having to call an HVAC company for an emergency repair can be quite costly, but it is often your only option. Before you do call and HVAC professional in the case of the sudden malfunctioning of your AC unit, you should run these simple checks. If you identify the problem, you can often fix it in a matter of minutes, but some problems will require the hand of an HVAC specialist.
Check the Power
Sounds obvious, right? If you AC is not kicking on, go straight to your breaker panel and make sure the fuse is not tripped.
Check the Fan
Next, go to your actual exterior unit and listen to see if it is making any noise at all. A loud sputtering sounds could mean that the fan is broken. Likewise, if the air conditioner sounds quieter than normal, it could be that the fan's internal power supply is broken or unplugged. Look in to see if the fan is spinning. If you fan is not spinning, you will need to call in a professional.
Check the Coolant Lines from the Unit to the Wall
Every exterior AC unit will have a coolant line that leads from the back of the unit into the wall. It ends at the evaporation unit attached to the furnace. This lines is basically a rubber hose. If you AC unit is not bolted to the floor, this hose can get kinked or damaged when the unit is shift or moved. Of course, you never want to move your unit for this very reason. Double check your coolant lines and make sure the fitting on the back of the unit is tight and secure.
Check the Condensers
Under the decorative cover of your unit, there are aluminum sheets. These are the condenser coils and they are vital to the function of the unit. Inspect them for dirt and blockages. If they seem dirty, just spray them down with basic household surface cleaner. Then, wash out the cleaner with a hose. This should flush out any dirt that is reducing the effectiveness of the condensers.
If you cannot identify and fix your AC problems with these checks, it is time to contact an HVAC professional like Arendosh Heating & Cooling.Share
17 November 2015