When Should You DIY And When Should You Hire A Professional?

maintenance on your home or vehicle

There are some essential items we all depend on that can easily be fixed at home with DIY methods. However, there are other important items situated around the home or office that require professional maintenance. Performing DIY repairs on these items is not good idea as you will risk damaging the item. An air conditioner is one such item.

Motor Vehicle DIY or Not

We rely on transport for work commitments, and it is especially important for people living in rural areas. There are some basic maintenance tips that we can all learn that will help us to keep our car in good condition. Before a long journey check the water and oil levels and get your car serviced regularly as this will keep your vehicle in good working order and prevent breakdown expenses. The cost of running a car can run into the thousands every year and there may be times when you can fix a fault, but a professional mechanic must fix any electrical fault.

It is relatively simple to change a car tyre or install new lighting or windscreen wiper blades, and there are many DIY videos online with step-by-step instructions. Some of us are more knowledgeable and confident than others in diagnosing a problem with a vehicle. If you cannot determine what is causing the fault then it’s time to consult an expert.

Older vehicles sell a lot of second hand parts online, but expensive cars often require complicated parts to fit. Some vehicle faults can be diagnosed over the phone by a qualified vehicle technician, although a mobile mechanic is a helpful option if your car has failed to start or has broken down on the roadside.

How Best to Maintain an Air Conditioner

In order for an air conditioner to function well it requires regular maintenance. Air quality can deteriorate if the internal components of the air conditioner are not cleansed regularly. It is important to replace or clean the air conditioner filters, as any air that moves around the filter can transport dirt into the evaporating coil and damage its heat-absorbing facility. A clean filter can reduce energy consumption by up to 15 percent.

Some air conditioners contain reusable filters, while other types need replacing. Aim to clean or replace the air conditioning filter every one to two months during the colder seasons. If the air conditioner is used constantly, or there are animals in the home, check the filter regularly to remove excessive dust.

The evaporating coils in the air conditioner can collate dirt and dust after several months use; however, a clean filter can prevent the evaporating coil from rapid soiling, but it will still collect dirt. A dirty filter reduces airflow and will not absorb heat efficiently. Check the evaporating coil annually and clean it when necessary. External condensing coils can become dirty in dusty environments, which will be visible on its fins.

Coil fins can block airflow, especially if they bend. The fin comb tool can push back coil fins to their original position. Clogged drains can prevent a reduction in humidity and this can result in discoloured walls and carpet. A stiff wire passed through the air conditioning unit’s drain channels can help.

At times, we may need to hire an air conditioning technician. Whatever the fault, the professional will find and fix the problem. The areas covered by a technician include checking and sealing any duct leaks in the central system, testing for leaks in the refrigerant, removing refrigerant that requires emptying, checking that the thermostat is accurate, tightening connections, inspecting electrical terminals, and applying a non-conductive coating.

To Summarise

It is important to regularly inspect expensive items, including air conditioners and motor vehicles, but the lack of care can lead to complications that can only be fixed by use of a professional.

Nick Thorping is a writer whose air conditioner recently broke in the middle of the summer. He called on Sovereign Planned Services Ltd to repair it.

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