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AC Dangers: What You Should Never Do

Some Metairie homeowners believe that if there’s something wrong with their air conditioner they can investigate it and fix it themselves. Sometimes this is true, but other times fixing an air conditioner needs to be left to a professional. There are also some mistakes that well-intended homeowners make that can make their units less efficient. In some cases, these mistakes can shorten the unit’s life.

Don't Change the Refrigerant

If you think your AC is low on refrigerant, call one of our technicians at Lightning Services. Handling refrigerant is dangerous and requires a licensed professional. Do not even think of doing it yourself.

Don't Neglect Air Filters

Our professionals tell customers to clean or change their air filters every three months or so. If your system is working hard, filters should be cleaned or changed as often as once a month. If the filter is allowed to get dirty, it can cause your evaporator coil to freeze up and interfere with the flow of cool air.

When in Doubt, Don't Fix It Yourself

The system should be checked at least once a year. Some customers have it checked twice a year, just before the heating season and just before the cooling season. There are some troubleshooting things you can do yourself, but for a thorough job, call the pros.

Don't Ignore the Thermostat

If you have an old-fashioned thermostat, now is the time to swap it out for a programmable one that knows when to raise or lower the temperature depending on whether the house is occupied or empty. You can also save money if you set the thermostat a bit higher than you think you’d like. You and your family will get used to it. Another thermostat issue is installing it in the wrong place. A thermostat shouldn’t be installed in direct sunlight or near any heat source.

If you believe that something isn’t right with your air conditioning system, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced, NATE-certified AC technicians at Lightning Services. Besides air conditioners, we also install, repair, and maintain heating and electrical systems.
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