Are You Cool Enough? The Top Residential AC Repair Questions

Do you need to schedule a residential AC repair? Whether this is your first home or just your first experience with air conditioning, take a look at the top questions homeowners have about cooling systems, repairs, installation, and more. 

Should You Try A DIY Air Conditioning Repair?

No, you should not try to repair your home's cooling system yourself. Even though a DIY repair may seem like a cost-saving option, you could accidentally damage the system, injure yourself, or unknowingly create a home health and safety hazard. 

Air conditioners are complex appliances that require specialized training and knowledge to inspect, diagnose, repair, and replace. AC repairs also require the right tools and other equipment. If you don't have extensive HVAC knowledge, the specific types of tools necessary to get the job done, replacement parts, or the same level of training that a contractor has, leave the repairs to a professional.

When Should You Schedule Residential AC Services?

The answer to this question depends on your system and the possible problem. If your air conditioner won't turn on, won't turn off, won't cool your home, doesn't cool the interior space evenly, smells funny, makes an odd or new loud sound, or suddenly costs more to use (increased energy bills), contact a qualified contractor as soon as possible. But if your system works well and you're considering a replacement or upgrade, you won't need immediate service.

Should You Schedule Service When the AC Doesn't Need A Repair?

Yes, there are times when you will need to schedule a service appointment—minus a notable problem. Routine maintenance is one of the easiest ways to make sure your air conditioner is energy efficient and lasts for its expected lifespan. Schedule a pre- or post-season checkup, inspection, and cleaning to protect your air conditioner and prevent some types of wear and tear-related problems.

When Should You Consider A Replacement Instead of A Repair?

Air conditioners don't last forever. The average lifespan of a central AC unit is seven to 15 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. Even though routine maintenance may extend the life of your AC system, at some point you will need to replace it. 

If your air conditioner doesn't cool effectively or efficiently, breaks down often, is near the end of its expected lifespan, or the contractor can no longer find replacement parts, it's time for a new installation. Contact your local HVAC contractor to learn more about replacement, upgrade, and AC installation options.

Reach out to a residential AC service for more info.