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Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.

Understanding HVAC Guidelines

Window AC On The Fritz? Use This Guide To Fix It

Marilou Girard

If you rely on window air conditioners during the summer, that last thing you want them to do is break down or fail. But if one of your cooling units stops working properly, don't throw it out just yet. Your window AC may require a good old-fashioned cleaning, or it might have something wrong with the fan motor. Use the repair guide below to fix your ailing window AC unit.

Clean the Unit

One of the most common and biggest reasons windows air conditioners stop cooling is dust. If dust builds up on the unit's air filter and air vents, air can't circulate through it properly. The unit will blow warm air or not at all. If you clean specific areas of the unit, you may be able to make it work properly.

Here's what you can do:

  1. Switch off your window unit's power, then use your fingertips to gently pry off the unit's front panel to view the air filter.
  2. Discard and replace the air filter immediately if it's completely covered with debris. 
  3. Use a soapy rag and a toothbrush to clean the panel, baffles, and vents. The baffles are the thin movable pieces that fit inside the vents. 
  4. Use clean water to rinse off the parts above, or you may simply dry them with a separate cloth.

Before you replace the parts above, examine the inside of the window unit. If you see patches or balls of dust on the evaporator coil or motor fan, try to remove it with a clean, dry cloth. If you can't clean the parts inside the unit, contact an AC repair service near you. 

Clean Out Unit With a Professional's Help

Window air conditioners rely on several crucial parts to operate during the summer, including a fan motor, compressor, and evaporator coil. Dust can damage these parts or prevent them from operating correctly. An AC repair technician can clean the parts for you, and if needed, replace them.

A technician may also check your other window units during the visit. Even if the units seem fine now, they may potentially go bad later on during the season. You don't want to be without cold air, especially if the temperatures sore in your area. 

After an AC technician repairs your window units, they'll give you instructions on how to maintain them throughout the summer months. If you follow the instructions properly, you shouldn't have any further problems with your cooling units.

You can obtain additional information about your window AC units by contacting a technician near you today.