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DIY vs. Professional AC Repairs: What Kingston Homeowners Should Know


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The world of DIY AC repairs can be very tempting. You want to save money and be able to feel good about being the master of your own home. 


Modern AC systems can be very complex, so knowing when you should DIY your AC repairs or when you should call professional help is crucial. 


In this blog, we’ll go through what you safely can do yourself and when you should call a pro.


Tackling Minor Tasks on Your Own

There are basic AC repair and maintenance tasks that you can easily do yourself to save money.


If you’re comfortable working with simple mechanics, you can change the air filters, clean the condenser coils, reset breakers, or check the thermostat batteries on your own. 


If you have the right information on hand, you can even replace standard components such as fan belts. 


Taking on these minor projects will help you better understand your system and will prevent simple issues. However, professional assessments are still best for ensuring quality repairs and optimal operation.


Know Your Limits – When You Should Call the Pros

We get it – you’re an independent person. A go-getter. Self-sufficient. You want to be able to do everything yourself and you want to save money on paying for a pro.


However, there are many scenarios where, instead of trying to make DIY AC repairs, you should call a professional. Minor DIY upkeep can offer cost savings, more complex issues should be left to those who have more experience and knowledge. 


Signs that tell you it’s time to call an expert include:


  • Abnormal noises or vibrations

  • Fluctuating temperatures

  • Broken components

  • Water leaks

  • AC system stopped working entirely


A professional can diagnose a variety of problems, such as low refrigerant or electrical issues, and repair them before they balloon into larger issues down the road. 


Professionals Provide Peace of Mind

While you may be loathe to spend the money, professionals are worth it. They know what they’re doing, are fast and efficient, and have all the necessary tools and equipment to get the job done. 


If you don’t have the proper skills, training, and resources to tackle a DIY job, you could damage your unit and cost yourself much more money in the long run getting it fixed. You could also even reduce the lifespan of your unit, meaning you would need to upgrade sooner than you had initially planned. 


Professional HVAC services will also offer manufacturer or service warranties, which can cover defective parts and may even include labour guarantees. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your air conditioner is in safe hands, even if things don’t go smoothly. 


Call Kingston Home Heating for Professional AC Repairs

In conclusion, performing simple changes such as filter changes or coil cleaning can be reasonable for DIY-inclined homeowners, but more complex issues require professional intervention.


When you’re ready to call a professional for AC repairs, that’s when you turn to Kingston Home Heating. We have been providing exceptional heating and AC repairs since 1990, making us the first choice for professional assistance for homeowners all over the region. 


Call us today for a quote.


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