After discovering that your home's central air conditioner has stopped cooling the air as well as it normally does, you may have decided to look up potential issues online. After pinpointing what you feel might be causing the problem, you may decide to take it upon yourself to try to fix the unit.
However, besides not knowing exactly how to troubleshoot and find the issues without proper training, you may be placing yourself in a difficult situation if you attempt to fix the unit on your own. There are a couple of reasons why you should leave repairing your home's central AC unit to the professionals.
1. Working with Refrigerants Requires Special Training and Certification
One reason why you should forego repairing your own air conditioner is that you will most likely have to work with or come into contact with its refrigerant. If you have to work with the coolant lines or the compressor, this will be unavoidable.
Besides being highly toxic, the problem with working with refrigerants is that you are required by law to have special training and certification to do so. Someone who works with HVAC systems will have this certification, so having them do the repair work will help you avoid any legal issues from doing it yourself.
2. Attempting Any Repairs on Your AC Unit May Void the Warranty
Another reason why you should avoid doing any repairs on your air conditioner is that it may void the warranty. Even if you feel that you have the knowledge or even a little bit of training, the manufacturer will not honor the warranty if you work on it yourself.
Even if you were able to avoid doing any damage to the unit, the manufacturer will be able to tell whether the unit was worked on at any given point in time if it were to break down. If you do not have the proper receipts and documentation, you may be stuck with the cost of future repairs or even the replacement of the unit.
Even if you feel comfortable with inspecting the interior of the unit for issues and making the necessary repairs or part replacements, you should think twice about doing so. You could wind up voiding the warranty on the system and/or handling the refrigerant without the proper legal requirements. Instead of attempting to work on your own central air conditioning unit, contact an HVAC contractor who offers AC repair services in your area to schedule a time for them to come out and find and fix any problems areas within the system that they may find.