Oh no, it’s 9am, and Perth’s temperature has already creeped past 30°, the kids are complaining that they’re hot, and your reverse cycle air conditioning is not working. You’ve already splashed some cool water on your face, but that didn’t help. Whether it’s leaking, it smells kind of funky, or its making weird noises, you’re about to lose your cool (literally).
Reverse cycle air conditioning can be dangerous, particularly as they involve water. Don’t try and open up your unit to repair it yourself, most of the time it is best for you to call a licensed technician, to help you replace or repair your unit.
Having said that, there are sometimes steps you can take for yourself. Our Perth team is here to help. Below, we have outlined the two most common reverse cycle air conditioning problems we have come across repeatedly, and how you can address the issues yourself.
Your Air Conditioner Just isn’t Working at All
Check if the batteries in your remote have died. It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t think to check the batteries.
The next easy step is to check your fuse box, and make sure you haven’t just blown a fuse, or managed to trip a safety switch. If you have managed to flip a switch, turn it back on and see if your system is working again. If this isn’t the cause of the problem, then it’s probably something a little bit more complicated, and you should call a technician.
If it was just a flipped safety switch, but the unit trips again shortly, there may be an issue with your homes wiring. If you have a lot of powerful appliances running at the same time, you can try turning these off to see if this makes a difference. If it does, then you may need to hire an electrician to check out the wiring in your home.
Your air conditioner is making a loud banging noise
On occasion, some reverse cycle air conditioning units will make horribly loud and raucous banging noises. These noises are particularly terrifying when they shock you awake at 2am. This is most likely caused by a fan belt becoming dislodged. While this is a relatively simple fix, you will need a licensed professional to fix it, as it is powerful electrical equipment. In the meantime, make sure you don’t turn your air con back on, as this can cause more damage.
Next time you’re considering calling out a local Perth technician, refer back to this article, and eliminate the obvious. If you can resolve the issue yourself, then you can avoid unnecessary callout charges.
Beat the Summer Heat
If your aircon is too far gone to save, then give us a call on 1300 302 878 and we would be happy to discuss your options with you.