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Can You Repair Your AC Yourself

Nowadays, you need to know a lot of things in order to live comfortably. No matter which country in the world you live in, each day you have the opportunity to at least observe someone working on something, but if you tried to fiddle with certain things by yourself, for example, you would notice that it is not always easy.

If you have just watched a clip on YouTube on how to fix a residential cooling system, and you are fired up to get cracking, stop for a moment. Imagine how all skillful handymen would be out of work if this was that simple, right?

You need to understand that applying knowledge, in reality, requires constant practice. On the other hand, there are a small number of people who know how to repair their home air conditioning system, but in the end, even they need to call the professionals if the problem is more serious. But whom to call?

Finding the right company to fix your unit could be more difficult than it seems, and is best avoided if at all possible. Here are some tips that might help you out.

The most common mistake that people tend to make is to assume their AC is broken when in fact it might be something much simpler. One example of this is when the system is just dirty. Excellent and thorough cleaning of the machine is a must to ensure this most frequent cause for problems is eliminated. The fan blades and the debris can be carefully cleaned from the outside unit. Be certain that the system is off when cleaning it, and be mindful that additional caution needs to be taken with blades and fins as they are easy to break or bend. And according to Toronto Air Conditioning & Furnace Repair, the absolute first thing you need to check when something goes awry are the filters.

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A typical misconception is that unclean filters only lead to an expensive furnace repair, but this is certainly not the case because the mechanisms are actually interconnected. That is why a lack of air-flow can not only cause a lack of cooling efficiency, but also result in the indoor evaporator coil or lines to the outdoor condenser freezing up. So a malfunction can all come down to something very basic; that the filter is dirty and clogged. This can be the primary factor for many issues with your unit, and that is why a little preventative maintenance in the regular changing of filters can save you lots of money in the long run by avoiding having to pay an expensive HVAC technician by the hour for a service call.

There are also a number of cases when an air conditioning unit just doesn’t start cooling. Check if the breaker has been tripped because this might also be a quick, easy and most importantly, inexpensive correction that is required. Being aware of this fairly typical occurrence may spare you the cost of a visit by a professional to solve such a simple task. Many of us have been here before, unfortunately. After learning from the school of hard knocks, I always check the breaker panel first when I expect to hear a nice humming and start to get a chill, and instead I hear crickets and get zippo coming out of the vents.

Another super easy remedy for an improperly functioning unit is to check the batteries in the thermostat. Believe it or not, a problem could often be solved from something as easy as buying new batteries from your local store and replacing them with the old ones. After making the swap, set the thermostat on different temperatures to check if everything is working properly. This is a perfect way to constantly examine your thermostat in the unit, and again something that is a breeze to do on your own.

We hope that with these tips you will lower the number of calls to your local AC serviceman until you really need his assistance.

Peter is a freelance writer with more than eight years of experience covering topics in politics. He was one of the guys that were here when the started.