Australian weather demands regular servicing of your air conditioners, definitely in Brisbane. So when that summer hits and your air conditioning unit decides to break down, don’t panic! The best thing to do really is to call a Brisbane air conditioning specialist, they’ll know what to do and gladly help you out! Though Brisbane summers are so hot, that there will be a lot of aircon units breaking down and most providers might be overwhelmed, in which case you’ll need to know how to fix it yourself.

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Whether you prefer doing it yourself or you are an air conditioner enthusiast, the following tools are a must have in your toolkit:

Air Conditioning Repair Tools

  1. Refrigerant leak detector

When the air conditioner is not cooling the room as expected, the popular culprit is a leak of refrigerant in the system. The leak can be caused by a number of reasons ranging from cracks, flaws in the brazing, joining, to faulty manufacturing process. There are several tests to detect leaks such as dye test, bubble test, electronic test and more. Electronic leak detector that performs electronic test is a popular leak detection tool. When the detector is run along the components of an air conditioner to detect any leaking refrigerant, a small pump draws the leaking refrigerant and passes it through a halogen detector where the refrigerant is converted to an electric signal. This signal is then amplified, and the reading is provided along with an audible sound. Although electronic leak detector is one of the most cost effective methods, since they can detect leaks only in components that they touch, these detectors tend to be inaccurate in some cases.

  1. Vacuum pump

Once a leak is detected in your air conditioning system, you might face a herculean task of refilling the refrigerant. However, prior to proceeding with refilling the refrigerant, you must ensure that there is no moisture in the air conditioning system. Moisture can cause freeze-up and damage the air conditioning system. Here is when a vacuum pump comes to your rescue. A vacuum pump can eliminate the moisture and suck the air out of your air conditioning system in a couple of minutes, making it safe for you to add the refrigerant. It is recommended to use a 3-4 CFM (cubic feet per minute) vacuum pump for most residential air conditioning systems.

  1. Refrigerant refill kit

While it is advised to consult with a technician, depending on the model of your air conditioning system, once you fix a leak, you may be able to refill the refrigerant yourself using a refrigerant refill kit, and save some moolah. Most refrigerant refill kits come with a canister filled with pressurized refrigerant, a gauge and a hose. The gauge comes in handy by providing a visual cue to refilling the right amount of refrigerant, while the hose delivers the refrigerant into the system. The refill kit is an easy and cost effective way to get your air conditioning system up and running in no time.