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DIY HVAC Repair? 5 Reasons Why That’s A Really Bad Idea (And Could Cost You Down The Road)

An air conditioning unit that is not working correctly can be a huge problem for homeowners. It’s worth it to take action instead of just ignoring the issue or calling in an AC tech who will charge you for their time and parts, right?


We have some bad news, folks.


A DIY approach might seem like it will save you money on HVAC repair, but more often than not, it ends up costing homeowners even more. Here are our top reasons why DIY HVAC repair is not a good idea.



Reason #1 – You Don’t Have The Right Tools For The Job


Chances are, if you’re taking your car into the shop because something isn’t running right, your tech doesn’t arrive with all of his tools in hand. If he needs a unique tool to get the job done, he has to run out and get it. A good HVAC tech will come prepared with all of the right tools for the job, no matter how big or small it is.


If you’re using an everyday power tool on an AC unit that’s already having problems, you have no idea about what kind of damage you could cause!


Reason #2 – You Could Screw Up Your Warranty By Not Going With A Licensed Tech


Most HVAC systems are under warranty, meaning that if it malfunctions within a specific time covered by the warranty. Use non-licensed repair people, and you could end up invalidating your warranty!


When you call in an AC pro, not only do they have all of their tools to get the job done right, but also they have experience working with AC equipment.


If the problem has already taken place before they have ever touched it, they can do nothing to prevent it from happening again. If you’re using someone who isn’t licensed to work on your unit, then you’re just taking a gamble with what will happen down the road.


Reason #3 – Some HVAC Jobs Should Never Be Attempted By Someone Who Isn’t A Pro


This one seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at what some people try doing with their HVAC unit when it isn’t working properly. Here are just a few things NOT to attempt when trying to repair your AC:


-Don’t attempt to adjust your AC’s refrigerant levels. This should only be done by a pro  because even if you do manage to get it right it can throw off your whole system and cause damage down the line.


-Never try to repair or install a vent yourself (unless you know what you’re doing). Vent installation and repair are necessary when you need your unit to distribute air throughout the home properly, but make sure that the job is done correctly.


-Never mess with your AC’s electrical wiring. If it isn’t working or is making strange noises, that could be a sign that there is something wrong with the electricity in your unit. This shouldn’t be attempted by someone who isn’t licensed or trained.


-Never try to change or fix your AC’s circuit breaker by yourself. This is a safety hazard and should only be done if you know what you’re doing and how to do it!


Reason #4 – You Could Get Hurt While Trying To Do The Job Yourself!


Did you know that thousands of people are injured every year when installing their air conditioner? Electric shock accounts for around 25 percent of injuries, while most others are due to falls and ladders. Your best bet is always going to be calling in a pro for this kind of work.


Reason #5 – DIY Repairs Slow Down The Process Of Getting Your AC Unit Working Again


If you’re paying someone else to repair your AC, they’ll get the job done quickly and efficiently. Often, when people try fixing their unit, it can take hours, especially if they are trying to do something outside of their realm of knowledge.


We know how frustrating it can be when your AC isn’t working, but you’ll want to handle the problem as soon as possible so that you aren’t having issues with heat throughout the rest of the summer!


That’s why our experts at Carolina Climate Control in the Charleston, SC metro area are both trained and qualified to help you out with any HVAC issue, big or small.


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