AC Repair: To DIY or Don’t

A functioning air conditioner is an essential feature in your New Roads, Louisiana, home. If your system isn’t working as it should, it’s important to address the problem right away. While you can tackle something minor on your own, most tasks are best left to a professional. Check out these quick tips for deciding whether your AC issue is a DIY job or something for a pro.

Strange Noises

There are several unusual noises that may come from your air conditioner if things aren’t working properly. You might notice a whirring, banging, hissing, or squealing. Each sound has its own distinct diagnosis but tracking down the source of the problem isn’t a job for an amateur. You should call one of our NATE-certified technicians for help identifying unusual sounds and repairing the source of the problem.

Dirty Filters

A dirty air filter is a natural problem that you’ll deal with on a regular basis. You should inspect your filter once a month for signs of dust and discoloration. Replace the filter any time it’s visibly dirty, or at least once every three months. This is one simple task that you can tackle as a quick DIY job.

Do make sure you call a professional for other types of maintenance. Your air conditioner needs a tune-up once a year to stay in peak condition.

Ice on the Unit

Your air conditioner should never have ice on any of its components, inside or out. If you find ice on the unit, you should contact a professional as soon as possible. This ice formation is often the result of low refrigerant. Refrigerant doesn’t get used up, so low levels usually mean that you have a leak. Handling refrigerant is something you should never tackle on your own. This requires the hands of an experienced professional.

If you need air conditioning repairs of any kind, our technicians can help. You can reach our team at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Baton Rouge 24 hours a day. Just call us at (225) 320-4162 to schedule your appointment.