If you like to take care of various repairs and home improvements around your home as DIY projects, you should certainly be commended. However, you need to know that there are some jobs that you should never undertake on your own. One of these is repairing your central air conditioning system.
But what’s wrong with a little DIY on an AC?
The modern air conditioner is an extremely complicated refrigeration device, similar to an actual refrigerator. Just as you won’t be able to repair a refrigerator unless you have training, you can’t repair a malfunctioning air conditioner without the proper skills and professional equipment.
There are many things about air conditioners that make them difficult-to-impossible for amateurs to repair. But there’s one specific aspect of AC repair that we would like to focus on, which is diagnosis.
One of the hardest jobs for an AC technician during a repair call is actually finding the source of the problem. For every given symptom of air conditioning malfunction (a drop in cooling power, odd sounds from the cabinet, elevated electrical bills) there are multiple possible causes. Without years of training and experience, it would be extraordinarily difficult to find what is actually wrong. An amateur repair attempt is likely to apply the wrong type of repair—and that is often worse than no repairs at all. A mistaken repair can result in larger problems and an inefficient air conditioning system. The air conditioner will enter into a downward spiral of more and more repairs until it fails entirely.
If you should run into any problems with your air conditioner this summer, don’t tamper on your own. There are speedy and effective professionals only a phone call away.