Why DIY Air Conditioning Repair is a Bad Idea
Nov 15, 2016
Having AC problems? Perhaps you have seen online articles walking you though the different steps to repair AC issues. You may think the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach seems like a cost effective solution, but FL Green Team, like most quality air conditioning professionals, advises against it. We have several good reasons why DIY air conditioning repair is a bad idea, and in this blog we want to explore a few.
Reason 1: Air Conditioning and HVAC Systems are Complex
Make no mistake. There is a reason why technicians have to undergo both training and certification in order to do their job. Air Conditioning and HVAC systems are more complex than a YouTube tutorial is going to reveal to you. Also, not everything you find on the Internet is correct—or safe! Just because it’s labeled “How to Fix X Problem with X AC Unit Model” doesn’t mean the person who filmed the walkthrough went about the task the right way. Taking that risk when you don’t know your way around an air conditioning or HVAC system can lead to dangerous results.
It’s also important to note that AC and HVAC systems can vary greatly in design depending on the make, year, and model. That means you can’t always repair every AC unit the same way. You have to know what you’re looking at, how to analyze and identify the problem, and how to fix it without causing more issues in the process.
If you don’t have experience working on air conditioning units and systems, you’ll want to avoid DIY methods completely and call a technician. You may think it costs more, but when it comes to repairs, that isn’t necessarily the case.
Reason 2: AC Units Require Specific and Unique Tools
Anyone who has ever built or fixed anything will tell you that the right tools matter. However, you may be surprised to know that many of the tools used by professional AC and HVAC technicians aren’t found in your at-home toolbox. There are many unique tools that we utilize every day in order to evaluate and repair a customer’s unit.
The cost of these tools can often outweigh the costs of a repair visit, so unless you’re planning a career as an HVAC or AC technician, it isn’t worth the investment. A good unit—when well maintained—should not require many repairs during its lifespan.
Reason 3: You’re Trading Valuable Time for Money
The DIY method comes with a major learning curve. You could lose four hours of your time in a job that a professional can have completed in a jiff. When your AC unit is down, time is precious. Especially when you’re suffering through the Florida heat without a system to cool you down.
On top of that, any mistake you make can cause your unit to malfunction, setting you back even further in time, money… and cool air.
So if you find yourself in need of an AC Repair, think twice before doing it yourself. Instead, start by calling the professionals and see what they have to say. Here at FL Green Team, we offer free air conditioner replacement estimates, if it comes to that. We also avoid high-pressure sales techniques common to other AC businesses. Instead, we center our business on high quality, fast, honest, and friendly air conditioning repair services that in most cases can get you up and running on the spot. Ask us about any discounts we can offer when you call our team at 239.432.1500. You’ll quickly see why FL Green team is one of the big names in Southwest Florida’s air conditioning business!