When the weather turns hot, air conditioners are every home’s lifeline. Living without them is not just unheard of but also unthinkable. Yet, more often than not, our mistakes land us in soup. The air conditioner is a complex piece of machinery consisting of several components. The faster we understand that it is not something to play with and tinker around, the better it is for the life of the cooling system and your comfort indoors.
As a reputed HVAC contractor, we have visited several homes where the problem occurred because the homeowner did something they were never supposed to do. Today, we wish to draw your attention to three things you should never do to your AC. Hopefully, learning about other people’s mistakes will prevent you from making the same folly.
3 Things You Should Never Do To Your AC
There are plenty of things you should not be doing to your AC. Nevertheless, three things stand out and should be avoided at all costs. These are:
1. Neglect The Annual Preventive Maintenance – You may think that annual maintenance is unnecessary and a waste of both time and money, but we beg to differ. It is a critical aspect in keeping your AC in good working condition and ensuring its long life. You may be thinking, “I can hose down the unit and tighten the loose wires myself. Why do I need to pay somebody for it?” As we mentioned earlier, the air conditioner has a complex structure, and hence, it requires proper inspection and testing.
When you book an appointment for air conditioner service or maintenance, it does not consist of only cleaning and tightening of wires. A tune-up is a detailed activity that takes time. The HVAC technician will carry out detailed checks. The idea is to look for signs of wear and tear and possibly catch any issues that may cause significant damage later. Besides giving the unit a thorough cleaning, the technician will also:
1. Lubricate moving parts.
2. Ensure there are no leaks and blockages.
3. Test the safety switches, capacitors, etc., to validate they are working as they should.
4. Check the refrigerant level and pressure. If necessary, fix the leaks and top up the refrigerant.
5. Check the fan belt and motor.
6. Test the calibration of the thermostat and recalibrate as per findings.
7. Clean the evaporator and condenser coils.
8. Check the return and supply air ducts.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of tests and checks that are done. There is a whole checklist of items. The idea behind mentioning these is that you, the homeowner, can by no means do all that is necessary to call it thorough maintenance. Surprisingly, most AC troubles crop because the maintenance was skipped or carried out by a quack technician. If you want trouble-free operations, timely air conditioner service by a qualified HVAC technician is your only option.
2. Open Up The Air Conditioner Trying To Troubleshoot A Problem – The bug to prove that you can do it too is our biggest concern. Your AC is not a toy. It cannot be opened and reassembled at a whim because you want to prove your capability in solving technical problems. There are too many variables involved, and the chances are pretty high of something going wrong. Simply watching YouTube videos will not arm you with enough knowledge to tackle the problem.
Do not ever make the mistake of opening your air conditioner. Keep in mind it can render the manufacturer’s warranty null and void. Any issue that develops here on after will be paid from your own pocket. Even a small thing such as a loose connection can fry your system. In an attempt to save a few dollars on repairs, you will land up spending thousands on further repairs or replacement.
An HVAC technician is trained to open the air conditioner and put it back together. His knowledge and experience are a guarantee that no mistakes will be made in the process. You, on the other hand, have limited knowledge. It is restricted to how well and correctly you interpreted the videos. There is a high probability that you or the maker of the video skipped portions, the lack of which may prove to be the downfall. Therefore, refrain from opening the air conditioner.
3. Try To Patch Up Refrigerant Leak – Refrigerant leak is a typical AC problem, and fixing it is as simple as identifying the source of leaks and patching them. Sounds simple? Well, it is the complete opposite.
1. First, how were you planning to identify the points from which the leak is happening?
2. Second, do you even know of the safety procedures to follow when patching it up?
3. And third, did you think anyone can get the refrigerant and pour it into the coils?
The biggest problem is that we realize our folly too late. By then, the harm is already done.
Patching up a refrigerant leak is a sensitive task. It requires due diligence and careful handling. The other thing you need is correct equipment and safety gear. An HVAC technician will have all of these in addition to the complete knowledge of the procedure. He is not banking on a few videos, which may or may not have been accurate. Instead, his confidence comes from his experience and expertise.
Always remember, refrigerant is a hazardous material. It can be harmful to your skin, mouth, eyes, and nose. So your safety and that of your cooling equipment lie in accepting your limitations.
Whenever you notice an AC problem, it is best to call for expert help. Do not delay and refrain from becoming a technician yourself. If you follow the AC maintenance schedule strictly, there is no cause for you to worry. Do understand the cooling system is but a machine. It needs care and expert handling.
Aztil Air Conditioning is the complete answer to all your HVAC needs. Installations, repairs, maintenance, air quality solutions, and duct cleaning – we do it all. Our team consists of trained, certified, and experienced professionals capable of solving all your HVAC problems. Since our offices are open 24/7, you can reach out to us at any time by calling +1-888-729-8452. If you have not scheduled the routine maintenance of your heating and cooling system, or you think something is not right, just give us a call. We are looking forward to hearing from you.