Yes it is always a nice feeling to be able to fix your appliances yourself, especially your air conditioner. Do-it-yourself situations are bound to arise, and when such situations arise, you have no option but to fix the problem yourself.
But as much as we will love you to take care of some minor AC problems yourself, we are also very concerned about your safety, the safety of your home, and the wellbeing of your air conditioner. So, while on your DIY train, please be 100% safety conscious as well. Do not put yourself in harm’s way because you want to fix your AC yourself.
There are a lot of minor AC problems you can fix yourself, like; replacing dead thermostat batteries, changing the air filter, cleaning the drain line, etc. Now let us outline some standard safety procedures you should follow when fixing some minor AC problems yourself.
Changing Batteries In Thermostat
Thermostats come in different brands, designs, and sizes. So the battery holder’s position may vary, depending on the brand or make of your thermostat. But we can assure you that it is pretty easy to spot the position of the battery holder, no matter the brand of the thermostat.
Now to be on the safer side, make sure you power off your AC before attempting to open the thermostat. After you have completely turned off your unit, you can now carefully open the thermostat, and replace the battery.
Changing The AC Filter
Irrespective of your AC brand, changing the air filter is pretty easy and straight forward. Now the first step is to get a compatible AC filter for your unit. Then, you power off your unit completely. In fact, it is advisable that you unplug your unit from the power source before working on it.
Haven powered off the AC, now carefully remove the old air filter and replace it with the new one.
Cleaning The Drain Line
If you wish to clean the drain line of your AC, make sure you unplug the AC from the power source before you begin. After you have successfully unplugged the unit from its power source, you can now start your sanitation exercise on the drain line.
In conclusion, though it is pretty easy for AC owners to change thermostat batteries, change AC filter, clean the drain line, etc; safety must be paramount when embarking on a DIY journey. Always unplug your unit from its power source before working on it, to avoid electrocution or injuries or fire hazards.