Do It Yourself
This DIY page lists several basic actions you can take by yourself in order to keep your HVAC system in good order or address simple problems that arise without having to call over professionals for home air conditioning repairs or heating repairs.
Why does my air conditioning system freeze up and what can I do about it?
Sometimes your air conditioner can get iced over – and this will happen in the summer heat of all times.
One of the causes can be restricted air-flow.
In some cases this can be solved by simply turning off your Air Conditioning system and checking that your registers, vents and filters are clean.
Other reasons should usually be handled by home air conditioning repair professionals:
Your system might be low on refrigerant gas, or the restricted air flow through the condensation coils might require replacing the coils themselves.
What to do when my air conditioning system isn’t running?
The first thing to do if your air conditioner has stopped working is go to your fuse box and check it for blown fuses,
that need replacement or flipped circuit breakers.
If none of those has occurred, or if you’ve taken care of this and your air conditioning system still won’t come on,
you should call us for home air conditioning repair to find out the source of the problem.
What basic maintenance can I do for my heater?
Changing or cleaning your filter every three months or so is the best thing you can do to keep your heater in good health.
dirty filters are one of the common causes for heater malfunctions which would require professional heating repair.
What can I do if my heater has stopped working?
This may sound silly, but have you checked that your thermostat is switched to “heat”?
This is sometimes forgotten when the weather changes.
Once you flip the switch wait a few minutes, as most systems have delays built in to them.
If your heater still hasn’t started working, check your fuse box and see if the circuit breaker is on the middle position or the “off” position.
Even if it is On, try switching it Off and then On, and again wait a few minutes.
What can I do about a noisy air conditioner?
Older models of air conditioners can have very noisy condenser and compressor units.
To reduce noise, barring the purchase of a new air conditioner, you can try fencing in the outside (condenser) unit,
if that is the source of the noise. Before actually building the fence, check whether it will do any good by propping up plywood around the condenser.
If your condenser is relatively quiet and most of the noise comes from the compressor, you can easily cover it with a sound blanket,
either one that is especially made for your model or a universal sound blanket.
This will block fan noise in some cases, though not all of them.
If your unit is very old it is best to consult a professional before spending money on a sound blanket
The DIY information listed here is provided as a service to our customers and is meant to help and assist you. DIY information is given free of charge for use at your own discretion. information is intended for use by adults over 18 only. Having the appropriate level of competence required for performing the DIY hvac repair and hvac maintenance actions you want to complete, is your sole responsibility. Any work you do should be checked or tested by a licensed professional whenever possible. Make sure your work complies with building, gas, water and electric regulations in LA County’
Doing hvac repair or hvac maintenance requires caution and technical knowledge – it is best to leave it for professional and insured technicians. These activities involve a potential of electrocution and death and we cannot guarantee or assume liability for any damage, injury, loss or neglect following DIY hvac maintenance or hvac repair based on tips published in this website, should you decide to follow them. This includes possible damages to your hvac system or home by DIY activities because of DIY hvac maintenance or hvac repairs. The same goes for misunderstandings or unfamiliarity with DIY recommendations we give here.
When you take on a DIY project, you do so at your own risk and responsibility. Be familiar with the tools you need to use, and with the hvac maintenance or hvac repair project you are about to undertake. If you do not feel comfortable taking on the project then don’t. Any project gone wrong is not only dangerous but could also damage your property – and even if you have insurance, it might not cover such cases when damage is self-inflicted and even become void because of DIY projects gone wrong.