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Why You Shouldn’t Clean Your Air Conditioner Yourself

Topics: Air Conditioner, Air Conditioner Maintenance

Do a quick Google search and you’ll find plenty of articles about how to clean your air conditioner yourself. While air conditioner maintenance is important, it’s not something you want to DIY — in fact, taking it on yourself could be downright dangerous.

Air conditioner cleaning should be left to the professionals — here’s why.

  1. High Voltage

Your air conditioning unit runs on a lot of electricity and it’s extremely high voltage — meaning it’s easy to get electrocuted. A typical AC runs 220 to 240 volts of current, which is a level of electricity that could kill you. You can unplug the unit, but this is one case where it’s really best to be on the safe side.

  1. Easy to Damage

Air conditioners are fragile units. For instance, the condenser fins are fine metallic blades that are easily bent or crushed. You don’t want to be the one responsible for breaking them — otherwise you’ll have to pay to get it fixed.

  1. Warranty Matters

Speaking of paying for repairs… some air conditioner warranty becomes void if you work on it yourself. These units aren’t cheap and small problems that seem like they can be handled as a DIY can very easily become big problems if they’re not addressed properly.

  1. Proper Tools

Getting back to safety and the fragile nature of air conditioners, many AC units use chemicals and refrigerants that the average person doesn’t know how to handle. Also, when cleaning an air conditioner, you may need to replace the foam insulation. Using the wrong foam can damage your unit, so, again, it’s something a professional should handle.

  1. Spot Further Problems

An air conditioner repair technician can go beyond cleaning your unit — they can spot the reasons for why it’s deteriorating or getting dirty in the first place. Yes, a certain amount of debris is expected, but a professional might be able to identify a way to help make your unit more efficient and may uncover a reason you didn’t expect for wear and tear. For example, did you know an AC unit can deteriorate from dog urination? More importantly, an HVAC technician can spot bigger problems with your unit.

We’re all for DIY, but when it comes to air conditioner cleaning, it’s not something you want to do yourself. Trust us — this is one case where it really is better to be safe than sorry and the amount you spend on air conditioner maintenance will be far less than the amount you’d spend if your DIY fix turned into a larger problem.

HomeBridge Canada can help you save costs. We offer affordable air conditioner and furnace service packages to customers across Barrie, Orillia, Innisfil, Midland, Coldwater, Bradford, Horseshoe Valley, Alliston, and more.

Contact us today: call 1-866-876-9986 or visit www.homebridgecanada.com.