How to Repair Sprinkler System

How to Repair Sprinkler System

The invention of a dedicated sprinkler system revolutionized residential and commercial irrigation. If it weren’t for the humble sprinkler, we would still be needing to manually water our lawns with a heavy garden hose every time the plant life in our yards needed watering.

But as fantastic inventions go, they’re not without their own susceptibility to breaking. Yes, sprinkler systems are wonderful inventions, especially the most modern models out there, but every now and again there will still be signs of damage that’ll show. A bit of wear and tear that comes with any material object that we use in our lives.

In the event of faults in your sprinkler system, there’s going to have to be someone to have to fix it. By then, you have two options: fix it yourself, or hire someone to fix it for you.

Whether you intend to make sprinkler system problems a DIY project or contact a service to do the job for you, it’s going to be a lot of help to get a bit of knowledge as to what’s in store for you.

Common Issues

Broken Pipes

When thick roots such as those from a tree grow too close to the pipes under your lawn, it can end up digging into your pipes or breaking them, causing a leak. Broken pipes can also be caused by shovel work that gets too out of hand. For either case, leakages in the pipes can often be detected when you find oddly moist spots in the soil when the water is left running.

Get a bit of PVC cement to patch up the pipes and they’ll be good as new as soon as the cement dries. Of course, this requires a bit of shoveling so prepare a shovel or a trowel, and a lot of elbow grease. For more extensive damage, you’re going to want to replace that part of the piping entirely.

Sputtering Sprinkler Heads

Since the sprinkler heads are the components most visible above ground, they’re going to be facing a ton of damage from all sorts of sources. For one thing, they can be damaged by natural elements such as a strong flood. Sprinkler heads can also face problems when a bit of dirt and grime have found themselves stuck on the sprinkler heads.

The easy solution for this is to shut off the water for a while to inspect your sprinkler heads for what may be causing the irregular irrigation. If it’s just a bit of grime stuck to the head, prepare to get it off with just a simple wash. If the sprinkler head has taken considerable damage from something more extreme, then it would be best to instead replace the head entirely. Depending on the type of head and the materials that it’s made of, you can have a varying range of prices to choose from.

Zones Not Working

If you have several zones in your lawn dedicated to specific grass and greenery, dead zones can end up wilting your precious plants. This particular issue may be a technical problem in the timers or the sprinkler system’s controller. As such, it would be best to get a professional to have a look at this issue.

If the timer or controller is broken beyond repair, it’s going to be a hefty price to pay for a new one but it’s a necessary sacrifice to save the life of your greens.

How to Adjust Sprinkler Head Radius

How to Adjust Sprinkler Head Radius

There are a couple of things that any new homeowner should come to know about maintaining the optimal function of their sprinkler system. Chief among them is adjusting the sprinkler heads.

The obvious outcome of neglecting the adjustment of your sprinkler heads is finding certain areas of your lawn either overwatered or underwatered. If the sprinkler heads aren’t adjusted to the needs specific to your lawn, you will end up with sections of your soil ending up soft and muddy while other parts will end up withered, barren, and dry.

Tools and Equipment

To undertake the task of adjusting the radius of your sprinkler head first you need to prepare your tools. Luckily, this is a simple enough job that all you’ll really need is a screwdriver, or optionally, a pair of pliers. If your sprinkler head specifically requires a set of specialized adjustment tools then prepare those as well.

Kinds of Sprinkler Heads

Understanding what the sprinkler head radius means is simple enough: it’s the measurement of the distance between the middle and edge of where your sprinkler irrigates. Adjusting this radius is crucial to how evenly distributed the water is on your lawn.

But of course, the adjustment may differ depending on the type of sprinkler head your sprinkler system supports. Get to know the most common sprinkler heads below:

Spray Head

These heads typically cover an area between 5-15 feet, so they’re the optimal choice for smaller lawns. These kinds of heads are fixed on the ground and do not turn nor move.

The radius for this type of head can be configured based on the nozzle that’s attached. Simply put the bigger the attached nozzle, then the larger the radius becomes.

Rotor Head

These kinds of heads operate by rotating from side-to-side by a rotor mechanism. They’re the best choice for larger areas, and the average radius for them is between 15-50 feet.

Since these heads are mechanized, they’re often far more complicated to adjust than the spray head, so it’d be best to consult the set of instructions included in the packaging. Otherwise, the radius should be adjustable with a screw found on the side of the stem.

Rotary Nozzle

The rotary nozzle is a bit of a combination between the previous heads, where they operate using a micro-rotor sitting atop a spray head frame. These are effective by a radius of 10-30 feet.

The previous method of adjustment for the rotor head is usually applicable for the rotary nozzle.

Impact Sprinklers

These sprinklers are among the first designs of residential irrigation that found widespread use. Unfortunately, this type of sprinklers usually doesn’t support an adjustable radius. That being said, its arc is usually adjustable by adjusting the clamps that determine the arc.

Takeaway

As you have probably noticed by now, every single sprinkler type is going to vary on how much work needs to be put into adjusting it, and it always involves a bit of trial and error. Rest assured, however, that taking your time into correcting the radius for your sprinkler heads will work wonders for the greenery on your lawn.

How Much Does Concrete Block Weigh

How Much Does Concrete Block Weigh

In today’s article, we will be tackling about how heavy the concrete is. 

Do you ever think about how heavy concrete could be? A hard, strong concrete that stands still to protect you from danger from the outside? Fortunately, there is an answer to that. It involves mathematical and scientific explanation. To understand more, let’s define each one by one.

What is Concrete?

Basically, concrete is made up of fine sand, cement, aggregates (there are many kinds of concrete and its differences are because of what aggregate is being mixed up. So, there are many kinds of aggregates), and water. This is commonly used as slabs, pavements. Wall, floor, or anything that can be found in your construction. 

How much does it weigh?

Well, honestly, there is no specific weight of concrete. Concrete’s weight determines by several factors such as its form, how many is it, and its capacity measure.

Mathematically, concrete weighs for about 3,500 pounds up to 3,900 pounds per its measured capacity. This particular weight only involves the normal type of concrete. Weight may vary depending on its kind.

Factors that can change a concrete’s weight:

There are some factors that should be considered in knowing concrete’s weight. It involves its form, its element, and its kind.

Concrete form

A wet concrete is heavier rather than a dry concrete. Why? Because the water that is present on wet concrete and is absent on dry concrete makes the concrete much heavy. To explain further, a powdered form concrete and a concrete that is already applied and dried weighs the same. When the water is added to the mixture, making it in a paste-like form, it becomes heavier. That is because of the weight of the water combined with the weight of the concrete. However, when the water starts to evaporate resulting in moisture, the water now leaves the concrete making it weigh lighter again. 

Element that is present on the mixture

As I have said a while ago, a concrete has different kinds depending on the aggregates used. For a lightweight concrete, it may be lighter for it has different aggregates used. Also, water is another element that is present in the mixture. The more water used, the heavier the concrete gets.

Kind of Concrete

There are many kinds of concrete. Some have steel in it making it tension resistant but also making it heavier. I have an example here. Mostly, these three kinds are commonly used at any construction.

Lightweight concrete weighs lighter than the other concrete that you can found. This concrete is not advisable to be used on buildings and pavements. This can be applied to retouching, though.

Ordinary concrete weights up to 3,900 pounds per capacity measure. It is commonly used for pavements and floors. 

Reinforced concrete weighs a lot much heavy rather than the two mentioned above. Because of its steel, it becomes much heavy. Reinforced concrete is commonly used for strengthening the walls making it resistant for any tension such as earthquakes.

Now, that is all the basic things that you need to know. In the end, all concrete weighs differently. That is why it is important to ask the manufacturer first. 

How to Hang Something on Stucco Without Drilling

how to hang something on stucco without drilling

If you want to hang something on the stucco or plaster walls – whether a frame, a wall clock, or any decorative object, it would be quite challenging because they can easily crack and crumble especially if strained by a power drill. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t hang any decors in your stucco wall. Using the right materials and process, you can easily hang any fancy object on your stucco wall without the need to drill. 

USE ADHESIVE HOOKS 

1. Pick the right adhesive strips 

There are a variety of adhesive strips with hooks that you can use. Pick the one with a strong adhesive capacity designed for outdoor use. Read the packaging for information about how much weight they can support. You must select the one with a higher support capacity that could carry twice as much as the object you are planning to hang. For heavier objects, you can use multiple hooks. If you’re planning to on stucco outdoors, choose an adhesive strip that is rated for outdoors. Otherwise, if you will hang a frame or painting with a hanging wire, choose an adhesive strip with a hook that is fit to accommodate wires. 

2. Clean the wall or surface

Using rubbing alcohol, you can clean or scrub the surface to prepare it for the adhesive application. If there’s any dirt or particle, it will be hard for the adhesive to stick properly to the stucco. Allow it to dry first before sticking the adhesive. 

3. Point and mark the area where you want to apply the hooks 

Use a pencil to mark the point where you want to apply the hook. Applying the adhesive hooks right the first time is much better than removing it to reapply. It is very important to apply it right especially if you’re using multiple hooks or you will need to use wire backing of a frame or painting.  

4. Attach the hooks to the stucco 

Peel off the adhesive backing and place the hooks to the point in the stucco that you mark. Check the packaging for further instructions on how to properly adhere to your hooks to the stucco. Take note that adhesive strips are often difficult to remove, so it is important to stick it correctly the first time. If you need a stronger hold, you can add a touch of hot glue to the adhesive before sticking.

5. Hang your object on the hooks gently

Even if your adhesive hook is strong enough, you may need to hang or attach your objects carefully so that they don’t pop off the stucco. 

 USE A WIRE HANGER

1. Use wire hangers to hang frames with heavyweight 

Be sure to choose the right wire hanger that can pierce into the stucco walls. These are curved steel wires that can almost support over 100 pounds (45 kg). These are also removed easily and can leave a very small hole.

2. Mark the spot where you want to place your hook 

 Using a pencil, you can draw a trace mark where you prefer to place your hook. For objects that require wire backing, including the spot where you want to insert the hook. Larger objects may require multiple hooks to support the wire. Make sure to measure so that the hooks are in proper alignment. You can use a ruler or tape to measure this. 

3. Pierce the wall using the sharp end of the hanger

 It may take some amount of force to pierce the stucco but make sure not to crush or bend the wire hanger. It would help if you rotate the wrist in penetrating the spot. Once a hole is made, the wire must slide through easily.

4. Push the hanger into the wall in a position that the hook is right side up 

Once the wire slide easily through the wall, rotate the hanger so that the straight end of the hook is penetrating against the inside of the wall.

5. Hang the frame or object gently

 The hook should be sturdy enough to hold and support it.

USE A DOUBLE SIDED TAPE 

1. Use outdoor double-sided  mounting tape to hang light frames and objects

You can hang light objects and decor on your stucco wall by using good quality double-sided mounting tape. Just make sure to select one that is designed for outdoor use because these are they have the strongest adhesive capacity. 

2. Clean the surface area with rubbing alcohol

How clean or dirty the surface can affect how well the tape will adhere to the stucco. 

3. Cut strips of tape and stick them on the object that you want to hang

Instead of applying the tape to the wall, attach one side of the tape directly to what you want to hang first. Peel off the one side of the tape and stick it to the object so that it is not obvious when you hang it. Usually, Double-sided tape is strong enough to hold up to 5 pounds (2.3 kg) or even more. 

4. Strip the back of the tape and hang on the wall

Once there is enough tape on the object, you can remove the back of the tape and attach the adhesive to the stucco. 

5. Hold the object against the stucco for a few to make sure it sticks long

 

How to Install Retrofit Windows on Stucco

How to Install Retrofit Windows on Stucco

Installing retrofit windows on the stucco wall is not too difficult. The challenge is to ensure that it doesn’t leak and that it looks clean and polished. If you are planning to install a new window by yourself.

Here are the steps that you must follow:

1. Assess the existing window

Identify if the window is made of wood, steel, or aluminum. The existing frame of the window will be intact while the interior portion of it will be disassembled or detached. This is to avoid dismantling the weather-resistant barrier or the wall which is responsible for protecting against moisture entering the home or property. 

Since you are installing a retrofit window on a stucco wall, you should use an appropriate sealant that is compatible with the substrates. For example, Siloxa-Tek 8500 is an excellent sealant for stucco. It is also a salt repellent sealer. So if you reside in a tropical state with salts in the air, this sealer will prevent cracking, spalling, and pitting. 

2. Measure the opening

From the existing window, take off the sash members and metal rails to make sure that you are measuring the narrowest point in your window. This is the daylight opening measurement. Get the daylight opening width measurement at three angles – top, middle, and bottom. Afterward, get the height measurement in three angles – left, middle, and right. When you have the narrowest width and height measurements, subtract ¼ from each to get the “net frame size” for ordering. 

Once the new retrofit window is installed, its flush fin will lay perfectly flat against the existing window frame and stucco. Check closely if there’s any part that extends past the stucco or siding. If there’s any, cut way such excess parts. Hinges and drip legs before installing. 

3. Inspect the window prior installation

If there is any damage to the window frame joining seals, it must be repaired. The sill track should be able to hold water without leaking to the interior for at least 15 minutes. After the inspection, disassemble the existing window by removing the vent panel, center post, fixed panel, and any other components that will interfere with the installation. Just keep the existing frame intact. 

4. Polish the exterior surface of the wall

Using a stiff bristle or brush, putty knife, scrape or grind any rough texture on the exterior surface where the flush fin of the new window will be placed. This leaves a smooth surface for installation. Don’t forget to also remove dirt from the sill track. 

5. Test the retrofit window if it fits the size of the opening       

Before caulking, test fit the retrofit window size if the frame matches flush against the wall or as close as possible. If there’s a gap found, try to lessen it as much as possible by using additional blocking for sill support. You can also trim the flush fin if a narrower width is needed.

6. Pre-drill pilot holes into the interior channel of the new frame 

Avoid drilling into the sills. Holes must be no more than 18” apart, on center, with corner holes approximately around 6” from the end. Make sure that nothing interferes with the sash operation.

7. Put a continuous bead of sealant along the exterior perimeter of the window

Run the sealant along the exterior of the window where the flush fin connects with the wall. Leave a 2” allowance at each corner at the sill to allow any moisture to evaporate. 

8. Insert the new retrofit window into the opening

Make sure that the retrofit window is level and precise by shimming the frame from the interior. 

Install shims at fastener points where it is possible. Using a pan head screw, secure the window in place. You can begin from the upper jamb corners. Go over the level and shim if needed. In the opposite jamb, place an additional screw and recheck for level. If the frame is properly level, attach the rest of the screws.

9. Run a bead of sealant around the exterior edge of the flush fin

Once the window is secured, finish with sealant sound the exteriors of the flush fin. Wipe off any excess for a clean look. Meanwhile, from the interior, use a backer rod or insulation material to fill the gap between the old and the new frames. You can hide the void with flat interior trim or any of your choice. Run a bead of sealant along the edge of trim for a clean, polished look. 

 

How to Choose The Right HVAC Contractor

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Proper heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) are essential to offices, homes, subways, malls, hotels, and other places that have to be comfortable for the people. To have the best HVAC system to fit your need, you have to choose the best contractor.

Here are some guidelines and tips to help you avoid mistakes, save some money, and get the quality service you need.

Search for HVAC Contractors near you

Look for HVAC contractors around your area for easier access. This might mean that some of your friends, relatives, or co-workers know something about the company so you may ask them to give you some advice which will greatly help your decision-making.

Check the Ratings and Reviews

The stars given by previous clients, as well as their reviews and referrals, will help you get an insight into how good of a job they do. Be open to criticisms and the problems stated by the past customers so you can be ready to address these obstacles.

Do a Background Check

To give you a sense of security, you must check if their technicians are licensed, insured, and have sufficient certificates to work. You want to make sure that you are working with a top-rated HVAC company with respectable and effective technicians.

Be Involved!

Don’t be afraid to get involved. You are a possible client, after all. Always tell them your preferences, opinions, and suggestions. Do not be afraid to ask them questions if something is not clear or bothering you about the project. Do not be afraid to communicate. This will help them get a better idea of what you want.

Look for a Concrete Plan

Make sure that the contractor you are planning to work with has plans of evaluating the place where you want your HVAC system placed. This is important for you to get correct measurements and avoid mistakes. This will also help them think of the best units, insulation, and other materials needed.

Get Estimates

If a company truly lives up to its good reputation, it should not be afraid to give you an honest estimate. The contractors should tell you all the prior fees that you need to pay. Be ready for unexpected costs though, for these are only estimates.

Don’t stick to one company, ask others too so you can have a wide variety of HVAC contractors to choose from. Compare and contrast these estimates and relate them to the information you gathered earlier about reviews and ratings.

Keep the Environment in Mind

Do not forget the planet! Choose an HVAC company that values energy-efficient and eco-friendly choices. This will not only help you save our planet but also save some money. Think not only of the comfort you want to provide but also of what help you can do for our environment.

 

All of these tips are very important if you want the right HVAC system for you. Take all of these into consideration when you are making your decision and everything will be good!

 

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Noise AC

It might be quite a shock if you hear your air-conditioner make some noise. This is unusual since technological advancements today made sure that they have sound-dampening technologies. If clanking, buzzing, banging, or other noises are present, then this might be a sign of trouble!

Probable Source of Noise :

Debris Inside the Unit

 A quick fix is all this needs, as long as the debris can be taken out safely. You will quickly identify this if you hear a low buzzing or humming noise coming out of your unit. 

Compressor

When too much pressure is building up within the compressor, it produces a loud whistling noise. Contact a professional right away for this is dangerous. Compressors are tedious to repair, so you will have to replace it most of the time.

Air Filter

 A filter that does not fit correctly may produce some hissing noise. Relatively, this is easy to fix, for you only have to readjust it.

Air Handler

 An electrical problem is the issue when the air handler makes some buzzing noise. Some examples are loose wiring, broken capacitor, arcing, or others. This is best left to the hands of your technician.

Fan

 In some instances, the fan of your air-conditioner might loosen and hit other parts inside the unit. It will also produce clicking noises if something is obstructing it. If left unchecked, this might damage the other parts stopping its motion. 

The fan may also produce noise when its blades are bent or damaged, or they are dirty.

Fan Motor Bearings

 Screeching noises are created if the fan motor bearings are failing, and you might require replacing it. 

Fan Belt

Due to varying temperatures, the fan belt contracts and expands, making it worn over time. It will make squealing noises when it becomes misaligned. You have to replace it or it will break and leave you with no air.

Condensate Drain

 If your condensate drain line does not have a proper trap, it might make some bubbling noises. You can check it yourself, and it would not be hard to fix.

Refrigerant Leak

Contact your HVAC contractor hurriedly if your unit makes loud, screaming, noises. Turn your air-conditioner off once you hear it because a refrigerant leak is what it means, and it is very unsafe. 

Ductwork

 Your ductwork will respond to the change in temperature as your air-conditioner turns on or off; especially if it is metal. This won’t damage your unit, but you can use insulation if you want to reduce the sound.

Isolation Feet

 You might hear a buzzing noise when the isolation feet become worn or cracks. This is because the compressor gets tilted and unbalanced. 

 

 A good measure is to turn your unit off until proper solutions are done. If what you hear from your air-conditioner is too unsettling, and you are afraid to solve this by yourself, call a professional for support. They are ready to offer us help, after all!

 

How Much Does It Cost To Repair HVAC

Cost of repair HVAC

HVAC Systems are the technology of indoor environmental comfort. HVAC was designed to provide comfort and acceptable air quality inside your home. And like most household equipment, your HVAC will breakdown at some time and will need maintenance and repairs. For repairs, you can do it on your own if you have enough knowledge, but it is still best to call for contractors and repair services. Although it’ll cost you some, you’ll have the assurance that your HVAC will be running smoothly again. To give you some ideas on your expenditures, here are some cost estimates:

HVAC Contractors

To get your HVAC repaired, you’ll need to hire a contractor. Most of their rates cost around $75 to $200, and rates ranging from $100 to $150 per hour. If you are on a tight budget, choose your contractor wisely depending on their rates. It’s always better if you have a trusted HVAC contractor so that you’ll have better chances for discounts.

Diagnostic Tests and Tune-up Rates

To avoid false assumptions and to know what specifically the problem on your HVAC unit is, you’ll have to run a diagnostic test. A test will cost you around $85 to $110. But if your contractor says that your unit just needs some tuning up, it will cost you just around $100.

Flat-Rates

Flat rates are usually offered by HVAC contractors for small repair jobs. It is designed to just focus on what is the problem. It will help you save money because flat rates don’t change even though the job takes a little bit more time than what was expected. If you think that your HVAC needs just a little bit of tweaking, this is your best option.

Annual Service Costs

To avoid the hassle from emergency repairs, most HVAC owners settle for annual maintenance service. It includes one or two tune-ups and refilling of refrigerant, heating, cleaning, and AC adjustment. If some parts are needed for replacements, you might be charged for a little extra, but most of the time it just ranges around $150 to $300. 

Emergency Service and Repairs 

At some point, in a much-unexpected manner, out HVAC breaks down. When this happens, emergency services take place. Usually, it will cost more than regular services. Some charge for an extra $40 to $80, while some charge $400 to $600 high-end.

Individual Price List

If the diagnostic test identified specific parts of the HVAC system need repairs or replacements, here are some price estimates to give you an idea and help you with your budget planning.

  • Air-Conditioner

Usually, AC service or repair costs around $320. But if your air-conditioning unit has more serious problems and might need some parts to be replaced, it’ll cost you more.

  • Furnace 

A furnace is also an essential part of any HVAC system. For diagnostics, it will just cost you around $90, while their repairs will cost you around $100 to $150 per hour. If some expensive parts are needed to be repaired or replaced, it will cost you more than their regular rates.

  • HVAC Duet 

The easiest to maintain and the cheapest to repair among all of your HVAC elements would be the HVAC Duet. It will only cost you around $2 to $4 per linear foot of repair, and $35 to $55 per linear foot of replacement. 

 

If you need some repair services cost estimates, don’t be afraid to ask your contractor about it. The prices above were stated based on regular rates but it may vary. This was made just to help you plan on your repair and replacement expenditures. We hope we’ve helped you!  

How to Repair AC Duct Work

Repair AC Duct Work

HVAC is very important to keep the comfort of many people especially in a household, office, hotel, and others, so it can give you a headache when it seems to not work properly. Some tips are here to help you identify what kind of problem you are dealing with in your HVAC system, and to help you solve it.

Troubles You Might Be Having with Your System

  • Inconsistency

If you feel like some places within your area are much cooler or much warmer than the rest, this might be the first sign that something is wrong within your duct system. A leak might be a cause or disconnected pipes.

  • Whistling Noises

If you hear some strange noises from some parts of your house where the duct runs through, then that is some kind of hint of a weak airflow or pressure imbalance.

  • Poor Air Flow

Your air duct should blow air in vents and when you notice that one vent, in particular, is not blowing air while the others are, it is an indication of an issue with the ductwork. This might be because of blocked air vents or clogged filters, poorly sized ducts as well as leaks.

What You Can Do

If you cannot identify the problem yourself, it is best to call a professional or contact your most trusted HVAC contractor. It will always help to have someone who knows more than you do. One problem you might have trouble solving yourself is if your duct is too small (restricts airflow) or too large (reduces airflow). This might require you to need a technician to replace your air duct. However, if you can find the problem and that you are confident that you can solve it yourself, then take care and make sure you do it properly.

Before doing anything, make sure the system is turned off. If you find some kind of obstruction that compromises airflow, for example, a cabinet moved in front of an air vent, simply move it away. If you found out that your AC filters are clogged, you can clean it or change it.

If you find leaks or tears in the ducts, pipes, or poorly connected joints, you can use special foil tapes to seal them up. You can also use fiberglass mesh tape to reinforce it then use duct mastic with it. Make sure that the materials and adhesives you use are suitable for ductwork to avoid further mess or damage.

After sealing up the leaks or removing the obstructive objects from your duct system, inspect the ductwork again. Turn on your AC and observe if the problems earlier are still present or if the noise is gone and the cooling effect of your system seems consistent, then that is how you know you did a good job.

The Best Way to Avoid Problems in the Future

The best thing to do is to have your AC ducts maintained. You can apply for annual services by your HVAC contractor or you can have cleaning services. Inspection and diagnostics are also good for your duct system.

You always have to take care of your system if you want to not spend too much on repair costs but you should not hesitate to fix problems as soon as possible to avoid further problems in your HVAC system!

 

How to Repair a Window Air Conditioner

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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.

  1. Condenser fan — release the hot air from the condenser coil outside the room.
  2. Condenser coil — converts the hot air into cool air.
  3. Compressor — controls the movement of air and the coolant material inside the air conditioner.
  4. Thermostat — controls the air and room temperature.
  5. Fan — release air from the air conditioner out of the room.
  6. Evaporator coil — used to cool your room.
  7. 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.