Trying to Fix the AC on your Own? Here’s What Not to Do If you want to do more than just clean your A/C unit’s filters and coils, be very careful.
You may permanently damage the air conditioner or even break the law. Here is just a small list of things you absolutely should never do when attempting to fix your AC:
Do not add refrigerant.
The level of refrigerant must be precisely measured and having too much can be just as bad as having too little.
Do not release refrigerant.
Any refrigerant removed from the system must be collected. Releasing it into the atmosphere is illegal.
Do not apply force to the fins.
The fins on your air conditioner’s fan are extremely delicate. Bending them is very easy and can cause your AC to stop working.
Never remove a dirty filter without replacing it.
Removing a dirty AC filter will increase air flow, which is good, but all the dirt and debris the filter was catching will now build up on your coils, which is very, very bad.
When it comes to maintaining your air conditioner, you should change the filter regularly and gently dust the coils and fins.
Leave the rest to the trained professionals at Chatham Comfort Controls Heating and Air Conditioning and you can count on years of comfortable temperatures and low energy bills.
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