If I were to rate the most frustrating part of my life for this year (2012), it would be our Air conditioning unit in our home. I’ve had a crash course in do it yourself a/c repair since we owned the home from clogged drain lines to a defective door squat switch (here’s more information about my plan to fix all that).
The latest thing I’ve been chasing is an electrical connection problem. Often, I would get up in the morning and Janna would tell me that the a/c doesn’t work. I found out after several trips to the attic that if I moved a certain wire bundle inside the A/C unit it would turn on.
At first the a/c would turn on and stay on for several weeks. Each time I did this though I found the cycle would get shorter; it would work for a week, then a few days, then only a few minutes. I found myself at a point where I needed to fix this permanently. I don’t really like to hire people to do things until I’ve exhausted my knowledge about it.
Luckily, after doing some snooping around I saw something that didn’t look right. Turns out it was a broken solder joint on the fan control circuit board. I had to buy a soldering iron to fix it. Soldering is definitely an art to some degree; it’s a lot like welding and requires a steady hand, which I don’t have. It seemed like the circuit board was a moving target; it took a little getting used to.
You can see the crack in the solder a little better in this picture than in the video.
It may not look the prettiest but it’ll work.
It took me a while to re-solder the terminal and make it look presentable to the viewing public. : ) In the end I ended up saving $65, not bad.
The next thing on my to do list is to straighten the fins on the a/c compressor (I got consultaion from Brisbane AC installation expert few hours ago, so am now ready), this should save us some money during the summer months because it will increase efficiency. Too bad I’m waiting to do this at the end of summer. : ( Have you ever fixed an a/c problem yourself? Or were lucky enough to get an HVAC service quote on time? Please tell us about it in the comments section below.
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