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Why You Shouldn’t DIY Your Annual AC Cleaning

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It’s that time of year again when the temperature drops and your air conditioning unit can get a break from keeping your house cool from the hot summer months.  Your AC is a workhorse of home appliances that not only cools the air, but also works diligently to reduce the humidity in your home.  As an integral part of your HVAC system, your air conditioning also circulates air through your home and works to clean and filter the air in your home as well.  It might seem like a simple system when it comes to yearly or semi-yearly cleanings, but as with any complex piece of machinery in your home, there are many reasons why preventative AC maintenance should be left to the professionals.

Tools of the trade

Even the most die-hard DIY homeowner might find it difficult to get all the tools needed to clean and service an AC unit for their home.  Your AC unit uses a heat pump to pressurize refrigerant and a network of tubes and fins–much like a radiator in a car–to displace heat and humidity to drop the temperature in your home. Some of these tools are highly specialized and likely you wouldn’t need them around unless you were cleaning and servicing an AC unit frequently.  It makes better sense to hire someone with these tools, and the expertise in air conditioning repair.

Here are just a few of the tools you would need for an annual AC cleaning:

  • Vacuum pumps
  • HVAC software
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Refrigerant scales
  • Tin snips and sheet metal tools

Time is money

A licensed professional has tools, gauges, and technical training that allows them to do proper ac cleaning. If you DIY a lot of jobs around the house, you understand the frustration of running back and forth to your local home improvement store for the right tools. You end up looking up tutorials online and trying to find the right video that matches your unit.  A professional gets the job done safely and quickly.  You aren’t really saving any money if you count the time wasted running around town.

Your safety

Cleaning and servicing your AC system can be dangerous, especially when it comes to working with sheet metal  There is also the problem of dust and mold to consider if things haven’t been working properly.  Dust and mold in your air ducts need to be dealt with accordingly, usually with protective clothing, or even respirators.  Harsh chemicals remediate mold, and plumbing skills are necessary to fix any leaks or damage to the unit itself.  Pressurized refrigerant and improper use of vacuum pumps is hazardous if not done correctly.

Voiding your warranty

A technician has trained in the proper way to clean, maintain, and service your AC system.  As a result, this is why most AC systems require the attention of a professional, unless you want to risk voiding your warranty.  An AC warranty is an investment in your home. It can mean the difference in thousands of dollars in repair work if you are responsible voiding the warranty.

Contact us

The next time you Google, keep in mind your friends at American Air Cares, expert AC service in Port St. Lucie.  Speak with one of our qualified technicians to schedule a time for your next yearly cleaning.  Contact us to learn more about how American Air Cares can help you.


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