July 26, 2010

Troubleshooting Your Air Conditioner

Posted in appliance parts, Home, RepairClinic.com, Weather tagged , , , , , at 6:47 am by Liliana

Air Conditioner

Air Conditioner

Midsummer.

It is the hottest, most humid time of the year in most of the country. The last thing one needs is a broken or malfunctioning air conditioner.

If your air conditioner does show signs of misbehavior, visit RepairClinic.com. Highly trained technical experts can help you troubleshoot your problem, find the solution and acquire the part you need to fix it.

Here are a few of the most common problems with air conditioners:

  • The air conditioner doesn’t turn on at all – Check to see if there is power getting to your unit – check the fuses or circuit breakers. If there’s still no power, you will need to contact a qualified electrician to restore power to the outlet. If there is power coming to the appliance but it is still completely dead there may be a problem in one or more of the following areas:
    • Wiring (inspect for any broken or burnt wiring)
    • Thermostat
    • Compressor
    • Overload and/or relay
    • Selector switch
    • Control board

Work on these areas of an appliance may require help from an appliance repair person or other qualified technician.

  • The fan runs but there’s no cold air – Is the thermostat knob turned to the proper setting? Is the compressor motor running? The compressor is a football-sized case with no apparent moving parts. It is located inside the air conditioner at the center. Is it humming or making any kind of continuous noise or causing the lights to dim? If it is making a continuous noise, and your air conditioner is still not cooling at all, there may be a serious problem with one or more of these areas:
    • Compressor
    • Condenser
    • Evaporator

These items are not user serviceable. You will need to contact a qualified appliance repair technician to repair these components.

If the compressor is not running but you do have power to the air conditioner there may be a problem in one or more of these areas:

  • Compressor
  • Overload and/or relay
  • Thermostat (open thermostat)
  • Burnt wiring
  • Bad selector switch
  • Capacitor

For more information, troubleshooting suggestions and all the air conditioner parts that you need, visit RepairClinic.com.

May 3, 2010

Advice for Your Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier

Posted in appliance parts, Home, RepairClinic.com, Weather tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:05 am by Liliana

Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier

Dehumidifier and Air Conditioner

With warmer temperatures imminent as the summer months quickly approach, May is a good month to take care of the appliances that will keep your home cool and comfortable.

These are some recommendations from the RepairClinic.com experts on the steps that you can take to get prepared:

Air Conditioner

  • Clean the condenser coils on your window or through-the-wall air conditioner. In order to gain access to the coils, it is best to remove the entire cover of the unit. Be on the lookout for wasp or bees nests inside the unit. You can clean the coils by blowing compressed air at them or by using a soft bristle brush. Be sure to also clean any dirt or lint build up in the bottom of the air conditioner. And, don’t forget to oil the motor – if  your air conditioner is equipped with oil ports on its sides.
  • May is also a good month to clean or replace the air conditioner filter. Depending on the quality of the air in your home, this may need to be done once a month throughout the cooling season. If you need to replace the filter, try electrostatic filter cut-to-fit material from RepairClinic.com. This filter will fit most air conditioners.

Dehumidifier

  • Don’t forget about your dehumidifier. Check to see that the humidistat is correctly set. If set too high, the unit may run continuously, which is wasteful and unnecessary. RepairClinic sells a useful tool, a hygrometer, to determine the correct setting for your humidistat.
  • Clean your dehumidifier water container by washing it with soapy water.
  • Replace your dehumidifier filter. RepairClinic.com has  a wide verity to choose from.