Every summer one of the basic needs of a person to survive the heat, apart from water for bathing and drinking, is an air conditioner. Especially when the weather is really hot and people, especially the elderly to cope with the hot weather because they are prone to hypertension, heatstroke, and dehydration. So it is best to keep them in cold places such as air-conditioned rooms to prevent them from being sick.
Before the arrival of other types of air conditioners, there is a window air conditioner or also known as a room air conditioner as it is best used in small spaces or rooms. It is the simplest type of aircon in which the evaporator emitting cold is inside the room and the condenser emitting heat faces the outside of the room.
But what do you do when your air conditioner suddenly breaks down in the middle of extremely hot weather and you can’t find someone that can repair it?
Don’t worry because you can self-check and repair your air conditioner’s common damage using the tips I will give.
But first, I will point to its parts and functions that are causing common air conditioner problems.
- Condenser fan — release the hot air from the condenser coil outside the room.
- Condenser coil — converts the hot air into cool air.
- Compressor — controls the movement of air and the coolant material inside the air conditioner.
- Thermostat — controls the air and room temperature.
- Fan — release air from the air conditioner out of the room.
- Evaporator coil — used to cool your room.
- Face panel — contains the air filtration system of the air conditioner.
Once you know what parts are often faulty in your air conditioner, let’s go over the common problems that you can count on in your air conditioner.
The air conditioner does not blow cool air
This is one of the problems many aircon users have because they have purchased this device to provide cold air so what is the use of it if it does not release cold air, right? The most common reason why your aircon cannot produce cold air due to its dirty air filter or damaged condenser coil. When the condenser coil is broken, your aircon cannot convert the hot air into cold air so your air con will not be able to release cold air. When this happens, you should clean your air filter first as it may not allow the cold air to come out because it is dirty. When you have cleaned, and the air is still hot, check your condenser coil located on the exterior part of the unit. When the condenser coil is broken, you have no choice but to replace it, but if the fins are just bent and just simply use a fin comb to straighten it.
The air coming from your air conditioner has a stinky smell
it is normal to have an inside scent when you have food inside your room because the air is just circulating inside but what if there is no food in the room but there’s still a stinking odor coming from your aircon? Often the air can have a bad odor due to the accumulated moisture inside the air con. Moisture can cause odor-causing bacteria like molds that cause bad odors. To solve the problem, always clean your aircon filter and compressor to ensure that there is no accumulated moisture inside the aircon that causes the odor of its air.
Your air conditioner doesn’t turn on
Are you also one of those that have a mini heart attack when your air con doesn’t turn on even when it’s plugged into the power source, don’t worry because it doesn’t mean that it’s broken. Check by unplugging the cord and installing it again. If the air con doesn’t turn on after checking, look for other possible problems. Check your breaker and fuse that regulates the electric current. Reset the breaker and try to open the air con if it’s not checked for the fuse. The fuse regulates the circuit’s amperage rating. When the amperage rating is lower or higher, the air con will not work so when you find out the fuse is broken, replace it immediately.
Your air conditioner has a weird and loud noise
When your aircon is louder or noisy, it doesn’t mean that there is a phantom or a ghost in your home. It can be the aircon fan belt may be loose or broken. When the fan belt is loose, you can simply attach it more neatly and tighter to the unit, but if it is damaged, immediately replace it for the better performance of your aircon.
Water leaks on the front panel
This is one of the annoying problems of aircon users because the moisture releases on the face panel instead of on the back of the unit. Supposed to be a metal pan in the bottom of your air con will drain the water out of the hose behind the air con for moisture to escape, but what if that doesn’t happen? Make sure that the aircon level is properly fitted to the hole in for it in your wall to ensure that the drain hose is securely attached downward to the rear of the unit to prevent moisture accumulation inside the metal pan and that can cause moisture exit in the front panel.