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Updated by Sean Carter on Feb 12, 2016
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What To Do If Your AC Unit Quits During The Summer

Your air conditioning has a hard time doing its job in the summer – right when you need it the most. Heat and humidity can overwork an AC unit even though those are the elements it is supposed to handle. You are the one that suffers, so be ready to order a spot cooler, stat!

1

Check The Fuses

Check The Fuses

Most units have fuses that are readily accessible – once you turn off the electricity at the main source. They are a double cartridge replaceable at most big-box home supply stores.

2

Clean the Condenser Unit

Clean the Condenser Unit

You can clean the condenser unit by vacuuming the blade fins. However, this requires you to shut off the power. Then, follow the operation manual to remove the protective box, clean the fins, lubricate the motor, and restore the box and compressor.

3

Change the Filters

Change the Filters

Changing the filters throughout your house regularly is another great way to assure your AC unit continues to run problem-free.

4

What Else?

What Else?

• Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic beverages.

• Dress appropriately day and night.

• Freeze your pillow and bed linens.

• Sleep on the floor or on a secure porch or patio.

• Change your diet to include ice and popsicles.

• Turn off the lights and big appliances.

• Open the windows at night and close the blinds during the day.

• Turn on ceiling fans if you have them, or try them in reverse

• Take a cold shower.

5

Get Help

Get Help

While you wait for your HVAC repair people, rent or buy a spot cooler. Commercial or residential spot coolers are portable units you can move from room to room if it is really hot. Air or water-cooled, small, medium, and large, your spot cooler will take the simmer out of your summer.

When shopping for spot coolers, look for the energy efficiency rating and the BTUs put out. Try to anticipate your needs in terms of area covered and length of time required. You don’t want to over-buy or rent something more than you need. Of course, you can rig your own spot cooler if you have a table fan blow over some ice cubes!