Get your home cool and ready for summer with some simple AC repair tips. If you live in an all-seasons climate, you likely only turn on the air conditioner for a few months out of the year. But even while dormant, your unit needs to be maintained to ensure optimal performance. If you do suspect a problem, here are some troubleshooting ideas to help you get over some common hurdles.

The bad part is normally when the air conditioning does stop performing correctly; it is the hottest part of the summer. Keeping your owner’s manual handy will help you to know when regular maintenance should be performed and offers a few trouble-shooting ideas that you can do yourself. Ensuring that all the drains (some models have more than one) are open so the water can drain properly is one thing you can check yourself.

If you have had a cooling unit for seven or eight years and you have repaired it a number of times and it has broken yet again- on a hot sweaty summer day no less! – then replacing it might be the smarter option and might be cheaper in the long run. On the other side of the coin, if you have had your unit five years or less than repairing it would make more financial sense because the unit has many years of life left in it. Replacing it too early on will be more expensive for you.

One reason could be the compressor is not coming on due to a short in a wire. The compressor may be burnt. The start capacitor could be bad. There are a variety of reasons including the system could have been installed incorrectly. This is why unless you are certified to repair air conditioners that it should be taken to an shop.

You also don’t need a professional to examine the AC ducts. You can just climb to the attic and check out the ducts to make sure that air is flowing out of them. If you notice that the ducts are dirty enough to block air flow, make sure that you clean them properly.

With the pressure now in the blue operating zone of the gauge, your auto air conditioner is at full potential. Pull the outer ring of the fill hose connector on the Artic Freeze bottle, and the connector easily removes. Place the protective cap back onto the low-pressure port of the AC system. Now enjoy some cold air from Artic Freeze.

2) Another form of leakage may be due to a faulty installation. This often results from the vacuum hose not being properly installed or while welding there was a braze weld.