When your air conditioner is on the fritz, you might be tempted to do some DIY AC repair. But, it’s a risky proposition if you don’t have the experience of a certified HVAC technician because there are several things you need to consider in order to stay safe and not damage your system in the process. An AC repair person goes through a training and certification process that arms them with the knowledge of how to diagnose and repair issues quickly and effectively. This includes being up to date on the latest technologies, tools, and techniques to keep HVAC systems running properly.
Many of the specialized tools that HVAC technicians use are not found in your at-home tool box. If you use the wrong tool you could end up causing damage to the unit that incurs a costly repair or even necessitates a replacement of your unit.
The ability to correctly diagnose an AC repair issue comes with experience. From AC leaks to drainage or electrical problems, a certified technician will be able to look for clues that alert them to the specific problem–without having to take the whole unit apart. Relying on their expertise will save you time and money in the long run.
Because AC units run on high wattage, tinkering with them poses the danger of electric shock. The unit’s power circuit must always be shut off before any repairs are made because the last thing you want when you’re trying to save on repair costs is to end with a hospital bill.