Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.
Why is air conditioning repair a job for a professional? If you have dreams of easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself fixes, take a look at the top reasons to call a contractor before you attempt a YouTube-led HVAC repair.
Your AC System Has a Refrigerant Leak
Refrigerant is a necessary part of your home's air conditioner. Without it, the AC system couldn't remove heat from the air and cool the interior space. If you have an older central air conditioner, it's likely your system uses HCFC-22 or R-22 as a refrigerant.
The United States no longer produces this chemical. But systems manufactured before the ozone-depleting substance phase-out started may still use HCFC-22. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only Section 608-certified technicians should service AC units that contain HCFC-22.
If your air conditioner uses a newer type of refrigerant, you still need a licensed contractor for repairs. R410A is a commonly used refrigerant in new AC models. Even though it doesn't have the environmental effects HCFC-22 does, R410A also requires a licensed HVAC professional for service-related issues.
Your AC System Has an Unknown Problem
Whether your air conditioner makes strange sounds, has an odd odor, won't cool, or has another issue, you need professional help to diagnose the problem properly. If you don't have an expert level of HVAC knowledge, a contractor can inspect the system, find the issue at fault, and recommend a repair. A professional service saves you time and reduces the risk of an incorrect AC diagnosis.
Your AC System Is Complex
Does your air conditioner have a built-in air filtration system, smart home technology, or a whole-home dehumidifier? Complex AC systems require professional attention. The HVAC repair technician has specialized training and plenty of experience in sophisticated systems.
Your AC System Poses a Safety Risk
An electrical issue or another similar problem can pose a serious safety risk — especially if you aren't a trained AC professional. Never attempt to repair an air conditioner yourself — even if the issue seems minor. The contractor knows how to avoid unnecessary hazards and repair your system safely.
Your AC System May Require a Replacement
Is it possible to repair your home's air conditioner? If you're not sure whether to repair or replace your AC system, contact a professional. The HVAC contractor can evaluate the system and help you to decide the best option. If the contractor recommends a replacement, they can provide you with options and install your new air conditioner.
For more information, reach out to an air conditioning repair service in your area.