Your Step-By-Step Air Conditioner Fixer Upper Guide

AC repair guide

If you live in the Beaufort, SC, area, having a working air conditioner isn’t a luxury, but an absolute necessity. From the chilling winters to the blistering summers, it is imperative that your HVAC unit is in good shape. Regular maintenance is a great way to ensure that your system is ready to keep your family is comfortable during any season. Having a repair guide with easy to follow steps  is a great way to save some money and to prevent issues. Check out these easy to follow steps, perfect for the DIY kind of homeowner. 

Easy Steps to Fix Common AC Issues

Here are a few ways in which you can fix common problems that may plague your unit and prevent you from getting the comfort you need:

Congested Filter

Dirty filters are the most common culprits of a weak or failed HVAC unit. These sheets naturally fill up with dust, debris, and other forms of filth over time. When you don’t clean or change them for an extended period, the accumulation of dust will block air from entering the indoors. This maintenance is even more essential if you are a pet owner, as their dander add more filth to the air.

We highly recommend that you replace your air filter on an every 1-3 months. If you don’t, it’s easy for the dust to pile up deep inside the system and cause further harm. The exact timing for replacement may depend on the type of filter and the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you contact us, we can advise on your specific needs.

Leaking Air

Another issue that leads to an ineffective HVAC unit has nothing to do with the system itself. Owners tend to leave doors or windows open throughout their home accidentally. In the winter. This allows warm air to escape the house and cold air to funnel inside.

To ensure that your unit can warm or cool your home to the best of its ability, make sure the building is secure with no gaps in the windows. During winter, you could try chalking the windows. Though your more significant issue is likely holes and cracks in the attic, basement, and crawl spaces. Take some time to investigate. You might need to use a contractor to patch and seal damaged parts of the house.

Thermostat Issues

The real issue arises when your thermostat displays the wrong temperature, or won’t let you adjust the temperature. When this happens, call a professional HVAC technician. A professional technician will be able to resolve the issue and restore your home’s comfort in no time.

Refrigerant Problems

The refrigerant is a fluid for your HVAC unit that feeds into the coils. It ensures that the air in your home gets modified to the comfortable temperature you desire. However, this is a chemical that you need to refill. In turn, if your refrigerant runs out, you merely need to purchase more for the unit.

If, however, there is a refrigerant leak, the process is not quite as simple. A leak indicates that the refrigerant hasn’t run out, but has seeped out into the vents. In turn, your unit’s is unable to hold the new refrigerant you would purchase. You will need to contact a quality HVAC repair company to come in and fix the component as quickly as possible.

The Placement of your Unit

Where exactly you place the different elements of your air conditioning unit is imperative to ensuring your system’s overall warming and cooling ability. Many common household appliances can prevent your system from working to the best of its ability.

For example, if you have a desktop computer, TV, lamp, speaker system, or other large electronic devices near your thermostat, the heat of these items will influence its perception of your home’s temperature. In turn, the thermostat will run the unit for longer or shorter bursts than needed, causing your home’s temperature to unnecessarily fluctuate.

Further, your outdoor compressor needs breathing room to complete its job successfully. If the component gets crowded with plants, dirt, or other forms of outdoor debris, it can inhibit the entire HVAC system from functioning at the best of its ability. It is essential to make sure that you keep plants and other outdoor items at a safe distance from the device.


With annual checkups by a qualified HVAC technician, you can spot problems before they arise. Hiring a full quality HVAC repair team on a monthly basis may seem like a daunting and expensive process. However, that’s probably excessive and not necessary. Instead, use good judgment after checking the system yourself.

You don’t have to be an expert. If your system produces weird or unusual sounds and smells, it’s likely it needs professional care. Although, you can clean up yourself any obvious dirt and other buildups that may be clogging the system. With this monthly examination, you can help maintain the health and longevity of your overall unit.

However, not every aspect of the system can be examined by yourself alone. It’s not practical or safe to look deep into the vents or ceiling board. We recommend that you bring in an experienced team of trained HVAC repairmen annually. Their familiarity and expertise with the unit will allow them to notice issues you may not have even thought possible.

Whether you are looking to repair, replace, or check up on your HVAC system, look no further than Beaufort Air Condition. We have experienced and dedicated employees needed to ensure your family lives in comfort year round.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any other questions for our representatives, we encourage you to contact us at 843-524-0996 to speak with one of our trained representatives.

Don’t let HVAC unit issues keep you from living life to the fullest; contact Beaufort Air Condition today!

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