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Q6 CARES: Air Conditioners and what you can do to help prevent them from breaking

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 SPOKANE, Wash.- Before you crank up your air conditioner to its coolest setting, it's a good idea to make sure it's working properly. On Wednesday KHQ spoke with a maintenance tech, Justin Holyron, who works at R&R Heating and Air Conditioning about some things you can check before calling in the experts.

He told us the number one thing you can do to avoid calling him is preventative maintenance. If you have been doing preventative maintenance, there are still a few things to check before calling a repair company. First, check your circuit breaker. If the fuses are tripped, you're going to want to check your air filter. A lot of times the air filter builds up with gunk and trips the breaker, which shuts down the unit and makes it look like it's broken.

If your fuse box is fine and so it your air filter, you'll want to check the fuses themselves. There is a chance that the fuses are burnt out. You can either check them yourself, if you have a fuse tester, or go to any local home improvement store (like Ace, Home Depot, or Lowe's).

Your final hope is to check the AC unit's capacitor. These can get blown out after time. You should be able to tell by looking at it, but again, you can also test it to see if there is connectivity.

If everything is checking out, now you're going to want to start thinking about bringing in an expert.

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