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In the hot and humid summer months, when the temperature starts to escalate, you want your air conditioner to perform at its best. Unfortunately, however, you never know when your AC may fail you.

If your Aircon fails in odd hours, it could be even more difficult to handle the situation. But don’t panic. There are ways to deal with an air conditioner emergency. In Singapore, some companies provide aircon repair service round the clock. This means that you can ask for help even beyond the usual 9 to 5 business hours. Here are some steps to take to deal with an air conditioner emergency.

Check the power

If your air conditioner suddenly stops working, the first thing to do is to check the circuit breaker. Check all the switches and sensors controlling your AC unit and make sure the unit is properly plugged in. The circuit breaker may trip automatically in excessively hot and humid summer days, especially when the temperature rises above 100 degrees. If that is the case, consider flipping it off and then turn it on again. Also, check whether someone has turned off the thermostat unknowingly.

Check the internal parts for any damage

If there is no problem in the power input, check whether some internal parts of your Aircon are damaged. Ideally, you should call an HVAC professional for the job, but you may be able to spot some damages on your own.

First things first, unplug the system and check the filters, evaporator coils, and the condenser. If you notice any water leakage from your air conditioner, there could be a problem with its drainage system.

Without regular maintenance, the filter or evaporator coil of your AC may get clogged. Professionals will be able to tell you whether the internal parts of your AC needs cleaning or chemical wash.

Avoid DIY aircon repairs

Unless you are an expert, you should not try your hands in air conditioner repairing. You may be tempted to do it yourself and save the repair costs, but know that DIY aircon repairs could be counterproductive. In an attempt to do it yourself, you may end up turning a simple problem into a major issue. It is always to a good idea to get your AC checked and repaired by an expert technician who has years of experience troubleshooting air conditioners.
Decide when to call a technician

If your AC stops working in odd hours, you can call an emergency aircon servicing and repair company or wait till the next business day.

Most companies will change you a little extra for emergency service. Now this is up to you to decide whether you want to wait till the next business day or pay some extra bucks to get the system repaired right away. If you choose the latter option, consider taking some steps to cool the indoor environment of your home till your Aircon gets repaired.

For instance, you may consider running one or two additional box fans, with a container of ice placed in front of them.

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