There are many tasks that the average do-it-yourself homeowner can tackle on their own, but AC repair isn’t one of them. Making a mistake on AC repair, or delaying a needed repair because you didn’t know what you were looking at or hearing can lead to costly problems later on.
Using a certified HVAC expert to handle your AC repairs and maintenance has the benefit of having someone knowledgeable and qualified to work on your specific system and problem. Let’s face it, most people don’t call for an AC repair until something goes wrong. And when that happens, you need someone who will replace the right parts quickly and stand behind their work.
The heating and cooling equipment in your home is a highly sophisticated system of parts that have to work together to safely and efficiently cool your home. A system that is not functioning properly will:
- Cost you money in wasted energy and higher utility bills.
- Quickly wear out much more expensive parts.
- Be a hazard to your home and family.
Something as simple as a clogged filter can quickly wear out your fan motor which is an expensive repair.
Your AC system consists of several different pieces of equipment that have to work together properly to cool your home, including:
- The compressor and condenser, which is the large unit outside your home which draws hot air outside your home, pressurizes the refrigerant, and sends the refrigerant up to the inside unit.
- The evaporator, coils and fan is the unit that sits in your attic, basement or closet, which cools the air and blows it through your ducts.
- The ducts are the system of pipes that carry the cold air through your home and pull warm air back into the system.
Sound complicated? It is, and that is why AC repair is not something you want to tackle on your own.
Another advantage of using a professional is they are familiar with not only the latest technology, but the latest safety and zoning rules and regulations. Both the indoor and outdoor units of your AC system contain electric and possible gas components that can be hazardous if not worked on with the proper knowledge and tools. In addition, you don’t want to make an alteration that conflicts with local zoning and licensing ordinances. You may get away with it now, but it will become a big problem if you try to sell your home.
Once you hire a professional to perform your AC repair, another advantage will be employing them to perform regular maintenance, cleaning and systems checks on your equipment. This is a relatively minor charge that will ensure that your system is working at full capacity and efficiency and avoid further repairs down the road. During a regular maintenance appointment, your certified HVAC expert will be responsible for:
- Checking and replacing your coolant.
- Cleaning the coils.
- Making sure drain lines are clear.
- Checking and replacing the filters.
- These are simple tasks the professional AC repair person can perform, all of which will save you money later.
How much dirt and dust is in your attic or basement where your AC fan is installed? If you don’t like going in there and breathing all that dust, think how your AC unit feels. Ignoring this can lead to other problems:
- Dirty and dusty coils reduce cooling capacity.
- A clogged filter will burn out your fan.
- A clogged condensation drain pipe can cause expensive water damage, especially with a unit installed inside your home or attic.
Of course, you can and should change your own filters to keep your AC running at top efficiency and remove harmful dust and other microbes from your home. But this is an easy thing to forget and doing so can create health problems for your family and expensive repairs to your air conditioner. Having this as part of an annual maintenance plan by your professional HVAC contractor will make sure that this simple task gets done at least twice a year, although once every three months is advised.
If your air conditioner just isn’t keeping your house as cool as it used to, or any part of the system is making a noise you haven’t heard before, don’t wait until it’s too late. Call a professional, licensed and qualified AC repair company today and get the job done right the first time. +