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Knowing when to call the AC repairman

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Although many AC problems can be avoided with careful basic maintenance, there a few problems that could occur with an AC system that you should not handle on your own.

Knowing when to call a professional could mean the difference between an early, inexpensive fix and a larger, costly repair job or even a complete replacement.

One of the signs that you should call a repairman is if the problem isn't physically apparent. If you can see that the condenser is blocked by debris or plants, then you can fix it with relative ease. If there is torn or frayed insulation on the refrigerant lines that make the condensation and evaporation cycle less efficient, you can also repair this simply by replacing the damaged encasement.

However, if the problem turns out to be a refrigerant leak, you shouldn't try to handle that yourself. The professionals at John C. Flood are trained to handle Freon, the chemical widely used in AC and refrigeration systems. If the condenser fan itself isn't operating instead of just being obstructed, the motor may need to be replaced. Although this is a job that can be completed with the right tools and know-how, it's suggested that for this, and problems with the furnace fan, you call an experienced pro to avoid further damage.

Before you call the repairman, try to eliminate any easily fixable problems like circuit breakers or fuses not being in the "on" position, clogged or dirty coils in the evaporator or condenser units and the thermostat not being in "cooling" mode. A quick inspection could save you money and save the repairman's time.

If you feel you need to have a professional look at your system, don't wait to call John C. Flood, the Washington D.C., Rockville, Maryland and Arlington, Virginia AC repair specialists. Our local technicians will be there quickly to assess and rectify the situation so you can continue having access to uninterrupted cool air.