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Peaden Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical Blog

DIY AC Repair Tips & When To Call The Pros

The Expert’s Guide to DIY Air Conditioning Repair

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There are times when you need AC repair and you’ll have to call in the pros to handle the job to ensure that your air conditioner is working in prime condition. However, there are also those times when your AC may just demand a little more attention from you.

Trust that it won’t take very long to give your air conditioning system a few quick inspections and corrections. Here are a few simple AC repairs that help get your unit working the way it was intended to.

Clean the Debris Around Your Unit

Don’t neglect the outside of your unit because you’ll need to keep it cleaned and cared for in order to prevent AC repair. If the unit isn’t working properly or you hear strange noises coming from the outside, it might be as simple as removing old sticks and debris that have fallen due to a storm that has passed.

Take Time to Examine the Ducts

You don’t want to lose any air because your ducts are leaking or they are clogged, so be sure you clean them out. Check the ducts if the air flow isn’t strong, and have the experts come in and clean them if you think that this is the problem but aren’t sure how to resolve it.

Change Your Filters Based on Your Home

Changing your filters once a month is a practice that you need to stay on top of, but also take the time to survey your home and the amount of dander that you produce. If it’s just you and one or two other people living in the space, then you should be fine. However, if you have dogs, cats, and a lot of people walking through your space on a regular basis, you may need to change the filters out more often.

Turn off the HVAC System to Melt Ice

If you notice a lot of ice building up around your unit, turn it off and let it melt away. If this becomes a common occurrence, then you’ll want to call in the pros to ensure that you have the problem corrected before it becomes more expensive.

Make Sure Your Thermostat Is Doing Its Job

Check and make sure your thermostat is reading the correct temperatures and that it is adjusting as it should. If not, it may be time to upgrade to a model that will allow you to change temps remotely from your phone. A new thermostat will not only make your life easier – it will save you money on your energy bill.

Check the Breaker

We’ve all done it before – thought something was broken only to discover it isn’t plugged in. When you think you need an AC repair because it suddenly stopped working, check the breaker to make sure a fuse wasn’t blown.

If any of these techniques don’t correct the problem, then it might be time to bite the bullet and call in the pros to ensure you have a durable unit.

Why You Should Leave Some AC Repair To The Professionals

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While every homeowner can do things around the house to improve the efficiency and lifespan of their HVAC system, there are some reasons why you should call a professional. When it comes to more complicated repairs, here is why we recommend calling Peaden:

You Spend Money on Tools and Equipment

Now there are some aspects of AC repair that homeowners can tackle on their own, and that you will have everything at your home for. However, as the problem gets bigger and more complicated, you will find yourself running around town trying to find the right tools and equipment.

Plus, not all tutorials will be clear about the exact tools you need and it will feel like trial and error. When you don’t use the proper tools and techniques when it comes to AC repair, trust that you can do more harm than good.

You Lose Your Weekend

While you may think the AC repair will only take a little bit of time, when you aren’t confident with what you are doing or familiar with the process, you may not realize how much time you will log. When the first repair you perform does not fix the issue, you will find yourself continuing further down the rabbit hole to learn what is wrong. Going this route can add hours, if not days, to your AC repair.

You May Not Be Aware of the Safety Procedures

Trying to repair your cooling system can not only result in a loss of time and money, but it can be dangerous. When you do not understand the components of an air conditioning, then it is crucial that you let the exerts handle repairs to ensure you stay safe.

You May or May Not Fix the Problem

When you DIY AC repair, you may or may not completely fix the problem, or worse yet, you have an emergency during the process and have to turn your unit off until the pros can arrive and take a look. If you do think you fixed the issue, there is a chance that it will return later, and you never know when this can happen from the middle of the night to during a gathering of friends.

You Can Spend More Money Than Calling in the Pros

Once you have performed the AC repair, you may realize that after factoring the tools you bought, the time you spent having to learn and complete the task, you would have actually saved money by just calling in the professionals. Plus, you wouldn’t have the headaches that come with AC repair. While you should keep up with your AC maintenance, when it comes to repairs, let the experts handle the job.


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