Searching online for DIY AC repair video tutorials? Everything looks easy when you watch someone else doing it. But real life is often drastically different. When it comes to heating and air conditioning repair, you’re usually better off avoiding DIY solutions. Why should you avoid DIY AC repair?
Air conditioner repair requires specialty tools, diagnostic equipment, refrigerants, and more.
Professional AC technicians have the equipment and training to handle these issues, with a truck (or warehouse) offering fast access to all the specialty parts and equipment they need to fix your system. When you attempt to repair your AC yourself, you’ll often end up spending more in tools and aggravation than you would’ve to have your system addressed by a 24-hour HVAC service.
Air conditioners are made from a lot of parts – most of which will be foreign to you. If your system components work just slightly different from those in the internet video you watched, your repairs could rapidly multiply from accidental damage. If you do manage to find the correct part, you may not know what to do – Should you repair the part, replace it, or does the broken component point to bigger issues or more complicated repairs? Hiring a knowledgeable HVAC contractor is far faster and easier than studying and researching and potentially causing more damage.
AC units pull a lot of juice (electricity) and are chock-full of gases. If you don’t know what you’re looking at, you could find yourself electrocuted by faulty wiring or exposed to toxic chemicals. Instead of adding an emergency room bill to go with your AC repair bill, consider calling a trained technician rather than repairing it on your own.
Professionally installed air conditioners come with a warranty. For many components, coverage is offered for parts and repair at little or no cost to you. But these warranties are voided in the event of DIY maintenance. If nonauthorized individuals perform any repairs during the warranty period, you’ll no longer enjoy the benefits of free or discounted repairs and maintenance when your unit breaks down.
Professional HVAC repair technicians have years of training under their belts and experience working with a variety of systems. They can quickly identify everything from common issues to weird problems that defy description but are common to certain brands and styles of units. They have fast access to parts and chemicals, such as refrigerants, that homeowners cannot obtain. Professional AC repairman can not only fix your problem faster but often improve performance in the process.