The Dangers of DIY AC Repair

Your AC usually quits during the biggest heat wave of the summer, or at another time that’s very inconvenient for you. It’s often a huge hassle to schedule someone to come out to repair your AC. They may be booked for a week or more or perhaps you don’t have time to sit around waiting for the repair person to come to your house and fix your AC. You may be tempted to try to fix the problem yourself, hopefully saving yourself time and money. Unfortunately, the reality is that most homeowners who try to fix their AC systems end up causing more damage that results in a much more expensive repair. So, before you try to do your own AC maintenance, let’s look at some of the dangers of doing it yourself.

  • Electrocution – Most HVAC systems run on a 240-volt supply, this means the system is being energized by twice as much voltage as a normal outlet. Additionally, there are numerous parts in an AC system that can remain energized even after you disconnect the power. If you don’t know where these parts are located, then you could easily electrocute yourself.
  • Warranty – Most AC system manufacturers require that all service is done by licensed professionals. If you try to fix it yourself, especially if it’s a warranty issue, then you may find yourself paying for the repair.
  • Permanent damage – If you don’t repair your system you could do serious, and permanent, damage to your AC system. This damage could mean that you need to completely replace your AC unit instead of just repairing it. These systems are very complex and if a small part is not fixed correctly, the damage can occur quickly and result in thousands of dollars or repairs.
  • Time – Your time is valuable and while it may seem like it would be faster to just do it yourself, the truth is that there is a steep learning curve to fixing HVAC systems. A repair that would take an AC company 5 minutes to correct may end up taking over an hour if you tackle it yourself.

It can be tempting to try to save a few dollars by attempting to repair your AC system yourself. Unfortunately, the truth is that often, the repair ends up taking significantly longer than it would take a professional in AC service in Marietta to perform the repair. Additionally, the risk of further damage to the system is significant. There are many DIY jobs that you can safely perform around your house, but AC system repairs are best left to the professionals.