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DIY AC repairs: A costly mistake

There is such a wealth of knowledge available on the internet today. It’s easy to think that you can complete a quick search online to figure out what is wrong with your air conditioner and fix it yourself. But air conditioners are very intricate systems. What you think it’s a problem might really be something else instead.

It’s so important that you call a professional anytime you need AC repair in Alachua, FL. You can keep reading to learn more about the risks you face when completing DIY air conditioning repairs. Then give our team a call when you’re ready to schedule service for your unit.

Risk of Doing a Job Wrong

The first risk you face when attempting any DIY air conditioning repairs is that you could potentially do the job wrong. We know that it’s easy to search for a quick tutorial online, but there are a couple of problems with us. First, the problem that you think is wrong might not actually be the problem at all. 

You may wind up “fixing” something that isn’t actually broken. The second problem with this is that you don’t have the proper knowledge or certifications to complete the work. No two jobs are alike, and no online tutorial can guarantee that the solution will fit your exact needs.

Safety Concerns

You also face safety risks when you complete a repair job on your own. Air conditioners are highly specialized appliances that use electricity and refrigerant and have lots of moving parts. You could get hurt trying to repair your air conditioner without expert guidance. There is a reason that only certified professionals should be handling AC repairs and maintenance.

They have specialized education to complete projects safely. Even if you don’t hurt yourself, you could put your home and family at risk if you are doing anything with the electricity or the refrigerant lines. Electricity can pose fire hazards. Refrigerant leaks can be harmful if the fumes get breathed in or touch your skin.

Legal Considerations

You also have to think about the fact that any DIY repairs to your air conditioner are actually illegal. There are laws in place that restrict anyone from working on an air conditioner unless they have the proper licensing and certifications. This isn’t to make the job harder. Instead, it is to protect you as a homeowner and ensure that any work to your air conditioner is done correctly. 

If you complete work on your air conditioner and it comes up during an inspection when you sell your home in the future, you may have to pay a professional to redo the job anyway, if not replace the entire air conditioner. It’s better to go ahead and pay a professional to do the job right now instead of risking legal repercussions later on.

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