Thursday, January 16, 2014

Common AC Repair Troubleshooting Tips

If your air conditioner is acting strangely, there are a number of things that could be wrong. It is wise to try troubleshooting your system before you call for AC repair in Austin. The problem may lie with a tree branch that is in the way, or it could be something complex that does require the work of professionals. Here are some troubleshooting tips to try before you call the professionals.

Check the Contractor Relay

One of the major problems with air conditioning systems is with the contractor relay. This system will switch power to your condenser fan and the compressor. If your system isn’t turning on, it could be a problem with the contractor relay. The part itself is only $30, but without the right experience, you could cause yourself more harm than good. One thing you can try doing is cleaning out your system, as small bugs often get attached to the contractor relay wires, causing damage.

Clean the Fans

Another issue that is often seen is when twigs and branches get lodged inside the fan unit. You will need to remove the fan guard to get inside the unit where you can clean out the twigs. Once you clean the twigs out, and you clean up the fan blades and check on the fan motor. A fan motor that needs to be replaced should be done by professionals as it can be a dangerous repair job. After cleaning the system, turn it back on to see if it worked. If the fan blades are not working, call a professional.


The area of the air conditioner that has the highest failure rate is the capacitor. You need to check on the start/run capacitor to find out if it causing a problem turning the air conditioner on. Usually, you can buy the part for a low cost, but getting to the part can be challenging. You need to make sure you are turning off all electricity to the unit, or it can electrocute you and can burn out the system. Since this can be a difficult part to work on, you should call companies offering AC repair in Austin to make the proper repairs.

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Gala said...

Thanks for the reminder, I'll pass it to my husband

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