What You Can Do If Your AC Breaks Down in the Summer

One of the worst things that could happen during summer is finding that your air conditioner is broken! When that happens, the best thing that you can do is call an expert to do an air conditioning repair, but depending on the demand, the pro technician can be at your house hours or even days after your call.

What should you do then to cool your home fast when it feels like you’re inside an oven? Here are some helpful tips from Legacy Heating:

Get Your Fans Running

There’s a reason people recommend having ceiling fans at home. Running fans in the house is one of the easiest ways to keep the room cool during hot summers, even without an air-conditioner. It can certainly make the temperature more tolerable.

 When you run yours, make sure that it is blowing downwards so that you can enjoy that cooling breeze. You can also place some fans by the open windows to draw cool air from outside of your home.

Another trick you can try is placing a block of ice on top of a basin or a casserole dish and placing it in front of a rotating fan to cool down the room.

Reduce Indoor Heat Gain

When you don’t have your air conditioning unit running, you should avoid using appliances that could generate heat and increase the temperature in your home. Let your oven, stove, dishwasher, and other appliances rest in the meantime.

Keep Heat from Getting in from the Outside

It’s trickier to keep rooms that are facing west and south cool when the air conditioner is broken. You can try keeping out the heat by pulling down the shades to minimize the sunlight coming in. You can also use dark curtains to keep a room cooler if it is facing the sun.

Keep Yourself Cool, Too

Don’t just focus on cooling the rooms in the house down. You should also work on keeping your own temperature down. One of the best ways to do this is by placing a damp towel around your neck or running an ice cube up and down your arms and even your face. You can even wear wet clothes during the day. Take showers more often than you normally do to cool down.

Don’t forget to keep rehydrating during the day. This is perhaps the most important thing that you should do because the body gets dehydrated faster when you sweat too much due to heat. You should also consider moving your workouts from day to night when it’s cooler. You don’t want to suffer from heatstroke, so you should avoid vigorous activities under the sun, too.

Schedule Air Conditioning Repair Immediately

You shouldn’t suffer long because your air conditioner is broken. Call a reputable technician as soon as you notice problems with your air conditioner. This could help prevent serious damages that could be more costly to fix.

Note that if your air conditioner is already ten years old, this could mean you’re going to need a replacement soon.


There’s no way around it. You need your air conditioner to work properly during summer, but if you find yourself in a situation where it suddenly stopped working, you should at least know what you can do to keep yourself and your home cooler until it’s fixed. Hopefully, the tricks shared here will help you!

Legacy Heating can provide you with expert installation and repair services for air conditioning in Edmonton. Contact our team of technicians today so we can dispatch one to your home immediately!

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