DIY Ductless Air Conditioner Power Problems

It can be absolutely frustrating to find yourself in the middle of a hot summer day with no cooling at all because your ductless unit has stopped working. And even worse is that, at this time, it is almost impossible for you to find a reliable service which could respond instantly. As a result, the only alternative is to spend a few days in discomfort or use other cooling means; fans, although you know well when it gets extremely hot, fans are not the answer. But why keep waiting for an HVAC saviour and why not do what you can do to fix the problem? It is true that many HVAC professionals strictly abstain homeowners from trying DIY solutions with their HVAC appliances but it is also true that sometimes the issues are so petty that they do not need a technician's help in the first place. For example, if your Split Air Conditioner doesn't turn on and the reason is that the switch is not properly plugged in, do you need a technician to do that for you? Of course, not!
So today, we are going to discuss the AC issues which you can easily troubleshoot on your own. Just some confidence!

Ductless Air Conditioner Power Problems

The power issue. "My AC doesn't turn on!" 

So you pressed the power button on the remote control and the unit did not turn on? Don't panic! Here's are the possible reasons for that;

  • Faulty Remote Controller Batteries

- If you are trying to turn the system on using a remote control, the most probable thing is that the batteries on the remote need to be replaced and that it is the remote which needs fixing. Please note to always keep extra batteries at home in order to save yourself from panicking in such situations. Replace the batteries and try again. Turned on? Great! Did not turn on? Move to the next part.

  • Improperly plugged power switch

- You know that a ductless system is directly plugged into a power supply. The switch may have been loosened from the plug and thus may not allow the needed power supply. Or, the circuit breaker may have been tripped.
i. Check the power supply. Unplug it and then replug properly. 
ii. Check the circuit breaker. If it is found tripped, do the following;
a. Always turn it off
b. Turn it back on
Please note to never directly turn on the circuit breaker if is it tripped 

  • Faulty Thermostat

If you had begun with trying to turn on the system using a Thermostat, try doing it otherwise; use a remote controller. If the unit is turned on using remote but does not turn on through the Thermostat, you know where the problem exists; it is with the thermostat. Once again, consider checking Thermostat batteries if it is a Smart Thermostat. But since this is a problem that does not affect the supply of cool air directly, you can choose to call a professional technician to help you resolve the Thermostat issue later.

Have you ever tried to troubleshoot a Split Air Conditioner? What methods did you follow and what problem was that which you had identified? Share to help our readers benefit from your experiences.


How to control indoor humidity in Summers without installing a Dehumidifier?

High humidity may sound unimportant to those who have never experienced the consequences of it in the indoor but those who have, they know that excessive moisture in the indoor can lead to complete distress. Some of the immediate consequences of high indoor humidity are; itchiness, soggy food items, production of mould & mildew and stuffiness. While on one hand, this situation affects the homeowners, on the other hand, it also leaves impacts on the interior of the home, tightening your budget even more by increasing expenses on repair. So there is a need to take immediate action when the indoor moisture goes beyond normal. There are multiple solutions to dealing with this problem unlike what many homeowners think, i.e installing a Dehumidifier. Below we discuss, how you can manage excessive moisture without spending money on purchasing an HVAC add-on.

Control Humidity without Dehumidifier

Figure out the cause 

First thing first; figure out the cause. The indoor moisture could be more than the outside moisture. In this case, it is the indoor producing the moisture; cooking, baking, washing, bathing or other heat and moisture producing activities. Since high temperature increases the humidity, even more, you'd need to find out where the warmth and moisture are being produced. For example, a pipe leak in the basement or attic could be increasing the moisture in the indoor. Not venting the moisture in time could be circulating it in the indoor etc. In this case, the production of the moisture in the indoor needs to be controlled and/or vented in time.
But there are cases in which the weather, in general, is so hot and humid that it is the outdoor weather itself that causes the indoor to develop high moisture content. In this case, proper ventilation and using desiccant can help.

Fix excessive indoor moisture - Here's how 

Whether the moisture is produced within the indoor or is coming from the outside, three practices can help fight with this ghost.

Absorb it! 

In order to stop the spread of moisture in the entire indoor, absorb it! The simplest of ways to do this is to place a desiccant in the indoor, for example, Silica, Calcium Chloride or others. They are cheap chemical materials with the property to suck moisture without causing any the indoor air quality. Placing a few bags close to the places that produce the most moisture; kitchen, bathroom etc can help absorb the moisture, reducing humidity.

Dry it!

The air gets moist when there is excessive water content in it. And what do we do when we want to dry the water? We dry it with warmth. By using an electric heater or wooden stove, warm the indoor. This will help dry the moisture. This solution is especially good when you are cleaning cupboards, bedsides etc and there is the presence of mould and mildew because of high humidity.

Ventilate it!

The easiest of all solutions has been discussed at the end. And the reason is, most people suffer from excessive indoor humidity only because of not providing the indoor with fresh air. The indoor needs to breathe in fresh to rid itself of the moist air. You could easily fight the moisture problem, in many cases, simply by allowing the indoor to have good air flow. As the fresh air flows in and the moist air goes out, the humidity comes to normal. Make use of windows, Air Conditioner fan and exhaust fans to execute this plan.
Note that ventilation is important on a daily basis. However, do keep a check on outdoor humidity and when on very hot summer days, the outdoor humidity level is high, avoid opening windows for ventilation in the day, except in the early morning time.

Using these ways, you can keep the indoor humidity always in control.