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The Proper Repair of an Air Conditioner

Since it takes time for a technician to show up and repair your air conditioning unit, you may want to try repairing it yourself, for as long as you’re comfortable with the idea and have a little know how on fixing it, this decision should save you money, as well as discovering why your air conditioner failed to work.

The initial procedure is to check if the furnace isn’t the problem, and to do this: set first the air conditioner thermostat mode and lower the temperature setting, such that if the furnace fan is operating then the problem isn’t in the furnace; however, if the fan doesn’t run, try to reset the furnace circuit breaker and restart, but if it still doesn’t run, it’s time to wait for the technician. By checking the outside condensing unit, you can find out if the compressor and fan are running, because if they’re not, then it’s time to troubleshoot.

Before troubleshooting, see to it that you turn off the power by turning off the air conditioner and furnace breakers in the main electrical panel, before removing the condensing unit’s access panel, followed by using a voltage tester on the wires that are connected into the contractor to make sure that the power is really off.
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With the power off, remove and store the access panel retaining screws and remove the panel, then check for rodent’s nests or evidence of chewing on wires or electrical connectors, such that if you find broken wires or chewed electrical connectors, discharge the capacitor first( for as long as you know about electrical repairs) by removing the capacitor from the retaining bracket, then touch an insulated screwdriver between the H terminal and the C terminal and do the same between the F terminal and the C terminal, after which, on a single-mode capacitors, make a short between the two terminals.
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In replacing a new capacitor, it’s best to take a photo of the wires before disconnecting anything, so you can use the photo as reference later on, and start the wire swapping process following these procedures: use needle-nose pliers to pluck one wire at a time from the old capacitor and try to snap it into the corresponding tab of the new capacitor, followed by wiggling each connector to see if it’s tight, such that when you’ve swapped all the wires, finally, secure the new capacitor.

As soon as you have reinstalled the access panel and disconnect block, turn on the circuit breaker and furnace switch, then set the thermostat to a lower temperature and, finally, wait for the air conditioning unit to start running again. As soon as the air conditioner starts to operate, expect that the compressor will also start running, as well as the condenser fan to spin, but still if it doesn’t work, about time to call the pro.