Air Conditioner Quick Fixes Without the Need for Repair

When your air conditioner suddenly stops working, it can be because of overlooked internal damages or as simple as a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.

While problems may arise along with the ageing and gradual deterioration of the unit, some of these hiccups can be fixed without the need for professional help.

A few factors why these issues are present could be because of inadequate maintenance or neglecting to have it annually checked or fixed. It can also be brought about by wrong cleaning methods.

Here are a few common bugs and how to deal with it with the breeze:

  1. The unit does not turn on

If the air conditioner isn’t switched on, check its outsides to determine if the condenser is running. Make sure that the unit is firmly plugged into the outlet and that the thermostat is set properly. It is advised to get it lower, approximately 5 to 10 degrees and set it to cool. This normally troubleshoots the problem.

Also, check to see if a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker is the culprit.

If the unit still wouldn’t run smoothly or won’t switch on at all, you may have a problem with your motor or compressor or a frozen coil. This needs a professional AC repair technician to further examine the root cause and take action.

  1. Poor air-cooling function and loud noises

This means that the unit has a dirty or clogged condenser. Check the outside of the unit and remove any debris, webs, dust pile, or weeds that are blocking air circulation.

Next, check the filter and make sure it is clean. A good test is to pull the filter out and check if you can see through it.

Household with pets require much frequent filter replacement or cleaning, and those that are near the road where smoke and dusts gather and block the ducts.

If the air conditioner is still not cooling air, the compressor or refrigerant might not be functioning well. AC Repair might be needed to be done by a professional. 

  1. Inadequate cooling and poor air circulation

If all the steps mentioned earlier in this article are applied, then the air conditioning unit might not be the right size for your home.

The average system should be able to maintain a 20-25 degree temperature difference between the outdoor and indoor temperature. This explains why the cool air stays only in one corner, while the other parts of the house feels humid and lacks ventilation.

Read these tips to figure out what would be the prescribed unit sizes.

If it is a normal summer day and the air conditioner cannot suffice the cooling needs, there might be a problem with the charge or a frozen evaporator coil.

Once an icing is visible on the outdoor unit, it is necessary to turn it off right away. An air conditioning unit repair is advised to avoid further damage.


Celine Kate Trinidad is a blogger who loves to DIY home maintenance, recycling crafts and horticulture. She has a knack for anything that needs construction, designing and cleaning, making her the hands of the house.