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Can I Make Any Repairs to a Faulty AC on My Own?

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When it comes to home AC repair in Covington, GA, who do you trust more? You, or licensed and trained HVAC professionals? We hope all of you answered “the professionals.” But even if you know that HVAC professionals are the best choice when it comes to fixing a malfunctioning AC, you may still feel the temptation to try some fixes yourself. Maybe you can handle a smaller issue and save some money. 

Are there any “small” repairs that you can perform on your air conditioner with a bit of online assistance and the right tools? The simple answer is: no. However, you can troubleshoot your AC to search for a possible simple solution to a problem. Troubleshooting has its limits, however, and once you’ve reached them, you absolutely need to call the professionals to handle the diagnosis and remedy.

Why DIY Air Conditioner Repairs Are a Bad Idea

  • Safety Risks: Air conditioning systems involve complex electrical components and refrigerants. Without proper training, you risk injury or making the problem worse.
  • Voided Warranty: Most AC units come with a warranty that becomes void if unauthorized repairs are made. You do not want to lose this important consumer protection, as it may keep you from having to pay out-of-pocket for factory faults.
  • Lack of Proper Tools and Expertise: Professional HVAC technicians have specialized tools and extensive training to diagnose and fix issues accurately. This equipment isn’t easily available to consumers and is difficult to use without training.
  • Time and Cost: DIY repairs might seem cost-effective initially, but incorrect repairs can lead to more expensive fixes in the future. They also take much longer, and you may find your time is a much more valuable commodity.
  • Efficiency and Longevity: Improper repairs can decrease the efficiency of your AC and shorten its lifespan.

What You CAN Do With a Malfunctioning AC

You aren’t completely without resources when your AC stops working or struggles to cool your house. In many cases, the issue is a basic one you can resolve with some checks on the system. Here are troubleshooting steps that may make it unnecessary to call professionals:

  • Check the Thermostat: Ensure your thermostat is set to “cool” and the temperature is set lower than the current room temperature. Someone else in the home may have altered the settings.
  • Inspect the Air Filter: A clogged air filter can impede airflow. Replace it if it looks dirty, and keep up with regular changes in the future (usually every one to three months).
  • Clear the Area Around the Outdoor Unit: Make sure the outdoor condenser unit is free of debris, leaves, and any obstructions.
  • Check the Circuit Breaker: Sometimes, the AC circuit breaker may trip. Reset it if necessary.
  • Look for Blocked Vents: Ensure that no furniture or other objects are blocking the vents inside your home.

When in Doubt, Trust the Pros

It’s a hot summer, your AC isn’t running, you tried troubleshooting, and now you’re hot and sweaty and uncomfortable—it’s time to get the Premier Pros to work for you! We’re focused on customer service and excellent results.

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