Author: Georgia Havens

Why You Shouldn’t Repair Your AC Unit Yourself

Your air conditioner is one of your home’s most important appliances and should be properly taken care of. Unfortunately, a youtube video DIY is not the answer to your broken air conditioner. There are many components of a cooling unit, which can be dangerous if not handled properly. Our expert technicians are trained to properly service your AC unit for your convenience and safety. In this article, we will detail why you shouldn’t repair your AC unit yourself.

Call A Professional Instead!

Repairing your air conditioner yourself could be dangerous to the health of you and your unit. Below we have listed 5 reasons to call a professional rather than repairing yourself.

  • Safety
  • Reducing Efficiency
  • Creating Bigger Problems
  • Warranty
  • Equipment

Health & Safety

Air conditioners have electrical components that can comprise safety. Your system runs on high voltage and runs the risk of an electrical shock if tinkered with. Consider your safety before attempting to fix a wiring problem with your air conditioning system. DIY air conditioning repair could also lead to a refrigerant leak, which poses a threat to your health. Refrigerant is odorless and tasteless, and can poison your lungs. We strongly recommend calling a professional to handle AC repairs, especially if they require electrical attention.

Reducing Efficiency

A trained technician can evaluate and properly repair your air conditioning system. If you attempt to DIY, important procedures can be skipped and harm your unit’s efficiency. An air conditioner has many components that all work together, and one part can cause the whole system to malfunction. Your unit will run with a broken part, which uses more energy and drives up your utility bills.

Creating Bigger Problems

Attempting to repair your air conditioner yourself can lead to bigger problems. It is difficult to identify the source of the AC problem, and fixing something that is not broken can cause issues. You could cause more damage to your system by attempting to find the issue, whereas a professional often can identify repair signs and quickly locate the problem.

Warranty

Most air conditioners come with warranties, which is a promise to repair or replace within a certain time window. Generally, warranties require proof that maintenance and repair has been performed by an HVAC professional to qualify for the warranty service.

Equipment

Air conditioning repairs require special equipment that is not typically found in a tool box. The tools are designed to be used and read by a trained professional, which can be difficult for a homeowner. Thousands of dollars are typically invested in the tools and technology utilized to evaluate and repair your air conditioner.

Things You Can Do

Although you should leave AC repair to the professionals, there are a few things you can do to help your air conditioner function smoothly all year long!

Regularly Change The Air Filter.

Your air filter can be the source of many air conditioning problems. A clogged air filter can harm airflow, efficiency, allergies, cooling, and many other things. A general rule is to change your air filter reverie 90 days, or sooner depending on factors such as animals and allergies.

Schedule Maintenance Check Ups

Your technician can catch problems before they arise in a preventative maintenance checkup. Maintenance should be performed twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall. Preventative maintenance ensures your system is ready to cool or heat your home with no obstructions.

Maintain A Clean Unit

Your outdoor unit can gather debris from the weather. We recommend regularly checking the cleanliness of your outdoor unit and removing any leaves, branches, or other debris from the unit to maximize efficiency and airflow.

While some issues within your home can be simply fixed without professional attention, your air conditioner is not one of them. Attempting to repair your air conditioner yourself can threaten you and your air conditioner’s health and safety. To avoid further air conditioning issues and consequences, give Precision Heating and Air a call for air conditioning repair.

How To Tell If Your AC Unit Needs Repair

Does My Air Conditioner Need Repair?

Even your AC system will need repair from time to time, much like your car or a doctor’s visit. Typically, your unit will show signs it needs repair before it completely breaks down. We want you to be prepared for any issues you may have with your system, so below we have provided common signs on how to tell if your AC unit needs repair!

Warm Air Blowing From Your Vents

If you notice warm air blowing from your vents, it could be a warning sign that your system is not working properly. Make sure your thermostat is on the correct cooling setting and a temperature lower than your home’s current temperature. If your vents are still blowing warm air, it could be a variety of issues such as the compressor or duct leakage. 

Insufficient Airflow

Lack of air completely from your vents is an immediate sign something is wrong. Insufficient airflow could be a serious cause or could mean a simple blockage. Either way, we suggest having your Galactic tech evaluate the issue as soon as you notice the lack in airflow. 

Unusual Noises

It is normal for your HVAC unit to make some noise, but if you hear noises such as grinding, squealing, or scraping, you may have a problem on your hands. To truly understand the issue, we recommend calling your technician to get ahead of the problem. 

High Humidity

Wet and sticky weather should stay outside. If you notice higher humidity inside your home, this could also be a sign you need to repair your system. Air conditioners moderate humidity levels inside your home to keep you comfortable. Purchasing a dehumidifier can be a short term fix for the moisture levels, but if this warning sign is ignored it can cause more issues for your HVAC system. 

Water Leaks

If your air conditioner is leaking water, it could be caused by many issues. One of the most common reasons why air conditioners leak is due to a clogged condensate drain line. These leaks can not only cause issues to your AC unit, but your home as well. Much like most signs you need repair, we recommend double checking this is the issue with your technician before performing a DIY fix. 

Your Thermostat Isn’t Working

Your thermostat is the command center for your air conditioner. Although this could be a simple fix with new batteries, this warning sign is still something to pay attention to. Your thermostat could have lost power or need cleaning, but not operating correctly could also mean an issue with your HVAC unit. 

Together we can catch an air conditioning repair before the breakdown. Pay attention to these signs this season, and do not wait until you have a broken unit in the Virginia heat, call us today at (757) 575-5334. We want you to stay cool and comfortable in your home all summer long! 

Contact Information

Phone: (757) 575-5334
Email: rob@galacticairinc.com
Address: 420 Investors Pl #107, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

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