HVAC Problems You Should Never DIY

The HVAC system in your Merritt Island, Florida, home is a complex electrical system. As such, it requires professional care and maintenance. While homeowners can take care of some tasks like changing the filter, it’s best to leave more complicated HVAC problems to a professional. Never attempt to repair electrical issues, recharge your refrigerant or fix short cycling issues yourself. Read on to learn more.

Electrical Issues

Your HVAC unit has many high-voltage components. For example, most HVAC systems require about 5000 watts of electricity just to start a cycle. Don’t risk injuring yourself or damaging your home and HVAC unit by attempting to inspect or fix an electrical issue yourself. Let a trained HVAC professional handle it for you.

Low Refrigerant

Refrigerant is a dangerous chemical with many laws surrounding its use. Recharging it requires professional training. Improperly handled, refrigerant can cause a host of issues, including asphyxiation and blindness. Furthermore, low refrigerant levels are typically caused by a leak. It’s important to determine the source of the leak to repair it properly. A professional HVAC service technician can inspect your unit to determine the cause of the leak and recharge your refrigerant safely.

Short Cycling

Short cycling occurs when your HVAC unit turns off and on again in a short time period. It’s an annoying problem that stresses the unit and drives up utility bills. Several issues, some simple and others complex, can cause short cycling. Therefore, it’s best to let a professional determine what’s wrong so the issue to get the issue corrected without damaging your unit.

Keep in mind that attempting to inspect or repair your HVAC unit yourself may void your warranty. Always think twice before attempting to fix a problem yourself. If you’re having problems with your HVAC unit, don’t hesitate to give the HVAC professionals at Merritt Island Air & Heat a call at (321) 392-6564. We’d love to help.

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