Originally posted on 08/11/2015
With the explosion of “Do it Yourself” shows on various cable channels and the prevalence of YouTube clips related to home repairs, many homeowners seem to be trying their luck at fixing things around the home instead of hiring professionals.
In general, this is great for homeowners, as they can save themselves money. One home appliance that should not be tampered with too much is the air conditioner, and for good reason. Heating and cooling professionals have extensive training and education about the intricacies associated with air conditioners. Without extensive knowledge, attempting to perform air conditioning repairs on your own can lead to serious consequences.
AC Units Contain Regulated and Materials
Air conditioners use a coolant called Freon, which is a gas and is highly regulated by the EPA. When Freon is released from an air conditioner improperly, it is dangerous to the ozone and to people. For this reason, homeowners should not attempt to disassemble components found within the air conditioner, as this dangerous gas could easily escape.
AC Units are Complex
Sometimes air conditioners make unusual sounds, which suggests that failure is approaching. The components of an air conditioner are rather complicated. Efforts to disassemble a motor, or an attempt to change a bearing, can result in mistakes being made that could lead to a much more expensive repair than if the air conditioner was not altered.
What You Can Do On Your Own to Support Your AC Functionality
Simply put, homeowners should ensure that the air filter is clean, the thermostat is functioning properly, and that a circuit has not been blown when trying to problem solve a malfunctioning air conditioner. Outside of these easy do-it-yourself repairs, everything else is best left to the professionals.
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