When your air conditioning suddenly stops working, or starts doing something strange, you may think you can handle it yourself. After all, there are plenty of video tutorials online telling you how to fix your HVAC, so how hard can it really be?
Many people are afraid of spending money on unnecessary service calls, so they try to fix the problem themselves or ignore it all together. This puts your entire unit at risk, and may leave you with an even more expensive issue. Do the right thing for your air conditioner and know when to call a professional technician.
Before You Call
While you always want a professional to fix your air conditioner, you might want to check a few things first before calling in a technician. Looking over your HVAC might save you from an unnecessary service call. Check these things before you call:
- Check Your Thermostat. If your home is feeling way too hot or cold, double check the thermostat. It may be that it has accidentally been set to the wrong temperature, or inadvertently turned off.
- Clean Your Air Filters. Your air filter needs to be changed at least once a month. However, it can be easy to forget. Dirty filters may be lowering your air quality and preventing air from leaving your vents. Take a look at your filters and see if they’re causing your AC problems.
- Check Your Air Vents. If air is not flowing from your vents, be sure that the vents are open. Someone may have closed them off without you knowing.
These tips may seem basic, but you always want to make sure. You’ll be kicking yourself if you call out a professional and then find out it was something silly and a quick fix.
When to Seek Help
There are some issues that you just don’t want to ignore with your HVAC system. If you have the following HVAC problems, it may be time to call in the professionals.
- Home Is Not Cooling. This is most people’s biggest complaint when it comes to their air conditioners. There are so many reasons as to why your AC isn’t properly cooling your home, it can be almost impossible to diagnose yourself. If your AC just isn’t doing its job, then it may even be time for a new system.
- AC is Leaking Water. Water can leak from your AC for a variety for reasons. Again, trying to fix this problem yourself can only make things worse. If your AC is making it rain inside, call an HVAC professional at once. Water can indicate a serious problem and cause structural damage to your home.
- Screeching Noise. If you hear a loud screeching noise coming from your outside condenser unit power down your system and call an HVAC professional at once. A dangerous amount of internal pressure may have built up in your condenser unit which can cause serious problems.
Not calling a technician to fix the problem can lead to major issues with your system. And trying a do-it-yourself solution may only lead to more trouble, especially if you are unfamiliar with diagnosing air conditioners. If you are experiencing any issues with your HVAC system, call Engineered Air today! Our NATE certified technicians can handle all of your air conditioning needs. Don’t risk doing it yourself, contact Engineer Air!