In the sweltering heat, if your air conditioner breaks, you may be tempted to fix it yourself. The same can be said during the winter months, if your heater breaks and the cold air begins seeping its tendrils in your humble abode. When these thoughts arise, fight them! Tampering with an air conditioning unit can be dangerous as the system contains dangerous chemicals; only trained professionals know have the necessary tools and know how to deal with it. Aside from possible incredible physical danger, there’s also the tools and knowledge required to adequately fix a heating or cooling unit. For instance, if attempting to install a new system, you’d have to confirm that the new system is compatible with the current air ducts. There will be many small inconspicuous parts that you may or may not have seen, requiring tools you probably don’t have. Even if you do get the unit working, you won’t know if it’s working at its full efficiency, or if it is being held back by something. An inefficient heating and cooling unit will lead to a stark rise in electric bills. Lastly, if you give up on fixing the air or heating units and call a professional, you could have voided the warranty or caused an error in the system resulting in extra costs from the contractor to fix it.
Professional air condition repairmen (or women) are the best people for jobs like this. Many have been in the field for quite a while and have probably seen your problem before, resulting in a quick turnaround time. Hiring a professional protects warranties that may be applied to the unit. If it becomes known that the unit was tampered with by an unlicensed professional, or by an amateur, your warranty may be voided. Be safe to avoid contracting unlicensed professionals. They tend to hide behind low costs to cover up the upper hand professional contractors have. Most of the time, they lack the necessary skill to carry out the job.
As previously mentioned, when tampering with an air conditioning system, you could severely hurt yourself. This is due to the substance known as Freon. Freon is found within the air conditioner, it is the substance that creates the cool air. Leaks of Freon are extremely dangerous as they can cause asphyxia, dizziness and respiratory problems. If anyone in your household has sensitive skin, Freon will negatively affect them. Because it is heavier than air, it sinks to the ground, making it especially dangerous for pets and small children. Professional Air Conditioner repairmen are used to Freon and have the necessary tools and training to handle it. Because unlicensed repairmen offer their services at lower prices, you may be tempted to hire one. Fortunately, established companies offering HVAC services, also offer discounts and special payment methods. Lastly, one of the perks of hiring an HVAC professional is their knowledge of all the latest news. If you have any questions in caring for your heating and cooling system, they will be able to answer it with expert knowledge.
All in all, always call an HVAC contractor, it will save you heartache and money in the long run.