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Do you know what to do when the temperature rises and the air conditioner breaks down?
There are so many fun and delicious ways to avoid the summer heat. Take a quick dip in the pool. Chow down on chocolate chip cookie dough glass. Eat way too much watermelon.
Sometimes the heat finds a way to get to you, like when your air conditioner breaks down. Stay with us so you know what to do when this happens (so that your house does not feel like a desert).
Get out of the house (what to do with Windows?)
Your AC stops working, and you immediately call a plumbing company. They say it takes a few hours before someone comes out and helps you.
You can not always leave your house, but it is a good first option. Reach out to a friend or family member to see if you can stay in their place for a while.
Some people panic when their air conditioners stop working. They run through the house, shoot up windows and get fans stuck in them.
If you do this during the day, you can let cool air escape and hot air move in! Opening the windows only makes sense when it is night or cool outside.
So it is a good idea to leave the windows down if your air conditioner breaks down during the day.
Let the professionals handle it
Do not let your pride convince you to deal with the problem yourself.
You should have a certified HVAC professional fix your air conditioner because:
- You may void your warranty by attempting to make repairs.
- You probably do not have the right parts lying around.
- You can shock yourself if you do not know what you are doing.
- If you do not know what you are doing, you will not have a good chance of diagnosing and fixing the problem.
Leave your freezer and fridge closed
"A ha!" you might think. “I get stuck and open the freezer and the fridge. I set up a fan and pump the sweet, cold air through the house.
Fixing a refrigerator and freezer can cost more than AC repairs. It's not worth the risk!
When you leave the fridge open, you burn up electricity. You can also put extra load on the compressor unit and cause it to overheat. It can cost you between $ 200 and $ 450 to fix, according to HomeAdvisor. Freezer repairs range from $ 90 to $ 650. If you leave the freezer and refrigerator open for too long, food will spoil, and you will have to pay for another batch of groceries.
Switch on the fans and consider a portable gear unit
Switch on the fans to circulate the cool air that is left in the house.
Do you have a portable AC device? Remember to keep some of them on hand in case of emergency.
If your main power supply breaks down, you can roll in a portable AC unit to keep the rooms cool until help arrives.
Think about your appliance use
This is not the best time to test your baking skills. The heat from the oven will hang in your house and make life miserable while you wait for repairs.
Use microwave oven for cooking. Wash dishes in the sink instead of using the dishwasher. T turn off the lights as they also emit heat.
Stay cool with a wet towel
Take a towel and run it under cold water. Then pull it around the neck. This is a quick and easy way to cool down.
Talk to your local Pekin insurance agent about adding equipment breakdown coverage to your home insurance.
For only $ 20 per year, Equipment Breakdown Coverage provides up to $ 50,000 for accidental splitting of permanently installed equipment * such as central air conditioning, ovens, heat pumps and more.
* Provided a deductible of $ 50 per loss. Does not normally cover wear, corrosion, erosion, rust, deterioration or depletion.