Why You Shouldn't DIY Your Annual AC Cleaning
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 AC preventative 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 AC repair, than it would to waste money on tools that would only be used once a year.
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 a lot of tools, gauges, and technical training that allows them to do proper cleaning and service in a fraction of the time. If you DIY a lot of jobs around the house, you already know the frustration of running back and forth to your local builder/home improvement store for the right tools, looking up tutorials online, and trying to find the right video that matches what you need to do for your unit. A professional has already been there and seen that when it comes to HVAC maintenance in Port St. Lucie. And they can get the job done much quicker. You aren't really saving any money if you count the time wasted running around town or training yourself how to do this job.
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 might need to be used to remediate mold, and plumbing skills could be necessary to fix any leaks or damage to the unit itself. Refrigerant is also pressurized and improper use of vacuum pumps can be hazardous if not done correctly.
Voiding your warranty
A technician is trained in the proper way to clean, maintain, and service your AC system. 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 and can mean the difference in thousands of dollars in repair work you are responsible for if the warranty is voided.
The next time you Google HVAC maintenance near me, 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 AC repair in Port St. Lucie and how it can improve the quality of air in your home and extend the life of your AC unit today!