Portable Air Conditioner Repair
If you don't have central air, portable air conditioners can be a great solution for those hot summer days. However, like any appliance, air conditioners need to be maintained during the off-season to ensure that they work properly when you do need them.
Following are four portable air conditioner problems to look out for and how to solve them.
1. Your Air Conditioner Won't Start or Stops Operating
There are numerous reasons for an air conditioner to either not start or cease to operate.
The first thing you should check is whether the unit is plugged in and if the outlet is receiving power. You should also check to make sure the power cord is not damaged in any way.
The next thing to check is whether your unit is on a timer. A timer can cause the unit to stop working and may prevent it from starting all together.
Lastly, you should check the temperature at which your portable air conditioner is set. If the ambient temperature is lower, the unit will either not turn on or will turn off quickly.
2. Your Air Conditioner Does Not Cool the Room
On a really warm day, it will take some time for an air conditioner to do its work and cool down a room. Especially if it's a large room or a room with high ceilings. However, if your room still feels quite warm after the air conditioner has been running for 30-60 minutes, you may have a problem on your hands.
The biggest problem is likely that your air conditioner is too small for the size of the room you are trying to cool. Portable air conditioners are sized according to their BTU ratings. If your air conditioner has the wrong BTU rating, it won't work efficiently. Too large of a BTU and the air conditioner will constantly cycle on and off. Too low of a BTU and your air conditioner will never be able to get the room as cool as you would like.
When purchasing a portable air conditioner, make sure you have the dimensions of the room you will be using it in. Most portable air conditioner boxes will outline the room size that the particular model will work for. If you find your room is between sizes, opt for the bigger model.