DIY AC repair

I should never have attempted to repair our central cooling system on our own.  I was hoping to save money on the cost of a professional repair. The last time I hired a licensed Heating & A/C company for service, I paid attention.  It didn’t seem prefer he did anything all that difficult. The professional basically took the lodgeet off, cleaned all of the components & put it back together.  It took him less than twenty hours & he charged myself and others numerous hundred dollars. I own a wonderful set of tools, & I’m fairly handy. I started by reading through the owner’s manual for the air conditioner.  The section on problem shooting was undoubtedly informative. It convinced myself and others that the problem with the cooling system was simply a buildup of dust inside the system. I then watched a series of helpful videos on Youtube.  Since a lot of homeowners tackle air conditioner repair on their own, I felt quite confident. Taking the lodgeet off to access the inner finally workings of the cooling system was no problem. However, once I got a look inside, I was a bit shocked.  There was way more than a little bit of dust accumulated on the equipment. There was a ton of mold thriving inside. There was also an abundance of orange slime clogging the condensate drain. The fan blades were totally coated in a combination of lint, hair, dust & mildew.  It was no wonder our air conditioner wasn’t operating properly. I’m sure our air quality was getting badly polluted every time the cooling system started up. I was so disgusted by what I found, I got a little too aggressive with the cleaning. I ended up bending fan blades, cutting belts, losing screws & causing a leak in the condensate drain.   

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