When days are long, the temperatures are warm, and especially when humidity is high, then having your air conditioning go out is the last thing you want to happen in your home. Not only does a warming home feel uncomfortable, it can do other things you don’t want, like helping garbage rot and stink, food start to go bad, and some chemicals and medications might be at risk of spoiling. You know that an air conditioning repair is needed, but do you try it yourself or call in a professional? Keep reading to learn some considerations going into the decision.
Before you do anything else, first stop and ask yourself if you even need to worry about paying for air conditioning repair. If you rent a home, there might be a service agreement where such maintenance is already covered in your lease, so you just have to call the landlord. In apartment situations, this is even more likely. In fact, in some living circumstances, it might be a violation of your lease or rental agreement to physically open or access the air conditioning unit on your own. In some cases of owning a home, the homeowner’s insurance might have a maintenance plan that also provides for such repairs. Always use these options if they are available to you.
If you do not have such an option at your disposal, then considering a do-it-yourself repair is a logical choice. However, the first thing you have to do is diagnose the problem. You don’t want to just open up the unit and look for something wrong, as many problems might not even show physical indicators. Note what exactly is wrong with the air conditioning in your home, especially if more than one symptom is present, as “no cold air” isn’t much help by itself. Then look up diagnostic flow charts and troubleshooting online to get some idea what might have happened.
Once you do, look up the most likely repair. Make sure you have the right tools and also read about the repair from at least three sites. Also, watch any available DIY videos that are available. In doing this prep work, you’ll quickly soon get an idea of whether or not this repair is within your skill set and range of comfort. If it is, proceed and save the time and money. If not, start calling professionals.
If you do choose to resort to calling in a professional for your air conditioning repair, don’t just settle for the quote given over the phone. A quote is not fully accurate until someone is on your property and seeing the problem first hand for themselves. If you live in an urban area, there might be A/C repair technicians available late into the evening and also on weekends. If you find yourself getting work in these hours, do ask if their rates are the same then as during the day. Any repairs that can be cheaper in the morning might be worth the wait, and sometimes just making that threat will get a technician to lower the rate so no one has to come back the next day.
When your air conditioning goes out, don’t lose your own cool. Keep calm and first figure out if you have to pay for help and if you can even fix it yourself. Once you know what your options are, do research into both DIY repairs and potential technicians to make sure things go right.