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Aug 31 2017

How to Maintain an Air Conditioner: 13 Steps (with Pictures) #\air #conditioner #repairs


How to Maintain an Air Conditioner

What should I do if the whole system short circuits and trips the breaker when I turn the air conditioner on?

Answered by wikiHow Contributor

  • Check and see if any other appliances lost power when the breaker blew. If they did, the circuit is overloaded. Unplug the other devices and restore the power. If not, the air conditioner may be too large for that particular circuit. If could also be a problem with the compressor or another internal component.

For how many years is an air conditioner supposed to be used before it is replaced?

Answered by wikiHow Contributor

  • That depends on how it is used, how often and how many hours, how it is stored, the quality of the unit, if it is run often while in the sun (it works harder), if the filter and coils are kept clean, and like all things, the luck of the draw in getting a good one that lasts.

Tips Edit

Air conditioners that fail to get more than just “cool” may respond favorably to an indoor and outdoor coil cleaning. If it does not – it could indicate a failed compressor or lost refrigerant charge. This problem is nearly always more expensive to repair than replace – except for the cases of very large value BTU units (12,000 – 15,000 BTU and larger) and Central Air Conditioning Systems.

Apply these same steps to Central Air Conditioning systems, too. The “air handler” in an attic space or basement contains the “indoor coil” and the compressor unit outside contains the “outdoor coil”.

Warnings Edit

Always follow directions on cleanser can and use only as directed.

A dirty filter or dirty indoor coil can result in “ice ups” of the indoor coil. Ice ups will block the flow of cool air into the space and contributes to coil and compressor failure.

Dirt is an air conditioner’s enemy. Dirt acts as a thermal insulator and robs efficiency – ultimately driving up the cost of operation.

A dirty outdoor coil can impede the ability of the coil to give up the heat collected inside. Shrubs, fencing, etc. can reduce air circulation around the outdoor coils, and have similar effect as a dirty coil. Allowing either condition to exist for a long period can cause compressor failure.

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