Air conditioning contractors don’t recommend trying to fix your HVAC unit yourself, as there’s a great amount of danger involved if you’re not experienced, including the risk of electrocution. DIY attempts may also lead to damage where there previously was none, and even more problems where a simple repair by a professional would have sufficed.
Professional technicians have the training and experience to appropriately deal with your system. Servicing your HVAC system may also require specialized tools and parts. Even if you’re handy with tools and electronics, it’s a bad idea to try a DIY approach when your air conditioner isn’t working properly.
Before calling your cooling and heating contractors, however, there are a few simple steps you can perform on your ductless mini-split air conditioner. Often, the solution to a perceived problem is something simple which you can do on your own.
Check for power. If your air conditioner isn’t powering on, don’t immediately grab your phone and dial your technician’s number. Do some checking first. Sometimes, the problem is as simple as plugging in your AC unit (you or someone in your household may have unplugged it accidentally, or unplugged it for some basic cleaning and forgot to plug it back in).
It’s also possible that you’re in the middle of a power outage. Try flicking on your lights to check if that’s why your AC unit doesn’t have power.
Check the batteries in your remote control, as well. The remote may not have batteries, or the batteries could be due for replacement.
Check the settings. Check the settings first if your AC unit isn’t cooling the way it always has, as someone may have adjusted the temperature. You can also look for an open window that’s letting the cooled air leak out.
Check your AC filter for dirt and debris accumulation. If it’s dirty, clean it or change it out.
Use the manual. Your AC unit may display an error message. A user manual is handy at times like this because the manufacturer might have some suggestions for handling the problem without getting technical. You may also have to turn it off, unplug it, plug it back in after a few minutes then turn it back on for an effective reset.
The technician is likely to ask you over the phone if you performed these manual checks before calling them. Save time and troubleshoot your AC system on your own before reaching out to them.
As for a commercial HVAC system that’s more complex than your mini-split at home, it’s probably best to call your technician right away if there are problems. Richardson Air Systems can handle for you. Call us at (609) 484-1090 or contact us here for an appointment.