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Why Fixing Your Air Conditioning Yourself Isn’t A Good Idea

When your air conditioning develops a fault, you might be tempted at first to have a go at fixing it yourself. But all things considered, that’s not necessarily a good idea. Service and maintenance is a vital part of what we do here at Askews, and there’s a reason we’re very good at it – it’s a professional discipline. Here are just a few reasons why when your system fails, it’s best to call an expert.

Air Conditioning Units Are Complicated Systems

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Our technicians at Askews aren’t run of the mill handymen – we’re staffed by highly trained engineers with expert qualifications in what we do. Air conditioning systems are complex, and require an in-depth knowledge of the various mechanisms and electronics systems involved.

Now, it’s true that you can find instructional articles and videos on the Internet that run you through how to fix some basic problems, but these are rarely entirely reliable. Even if the author knows their way around their own system, they won’t know the variations or characteristics of yours. That means that not only can their advice be unreliable in fixing the problem, but even in many cases unsafe. The refrigerants in an air con unit, for example, are highly toxic, and exposing yourself to them when you don’t know what you’re doing is dangerous.

You Risk Further Damage To Your Air Conditioning

Apart from potentially putting yourself at risk, there’s the other obvious issue in tinkering with systems you don’t entirely understand. With limited help from the Internet it’s ultimately down to you to diagnose the problem yourself, and if you get it wrong you can easily end up making the problem worse – or even accidentally causing whole new ones.

You May Not Have The Tools To Solve The Problem

Going back to how air conditioning units are complex systems, that means they often require quite specific tools in order to resolve the issues. You won’t find many of them in your average toolbox, which makes sense when you consider that some of the issues are often in quite hard-to-reach areas. Our technicians have the knowledge and training to use this specialist equipment, and it’s not something the average person can pick up easily. These tools can be quite prohibitively expensive, too – far outweighing the cost of a service and maintenance visit.

You Could Be Losing Time And Money

Although on the surface it may seem like you’re saving a bit of money by performing the repairs yourself, unless you do them perfectly first time – as we mentioned above – you could risk making the problem worse. If that happens, it’s likely that the resultant cost of the final repairs will be more than what you would have spent in the first place.

What’s more, you may be losing hours out of your own working day for something that a professional could have identified and resolved in a few minutes. Ultimately you have to ask yourself: is it worth it?

At Askews, we think the answer is obvious. Our specialist engineers use expert knowledge, equipment and training to keep your air conditioning unit running at maximum efficiency and reliability, keeping your office cool all year round. Read more about what we do on our service and maintenance page, or alternatively you can click here to request a free quote.

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