When Getting my AC ready for the upcoming midwest summer, what type of suggestions do you have before a call out a professional?
Remove any dust, leaves, pine needles, bugs, etc. from the condensor coils. If any are bent, buy a comb and straighten them. The coils and fins work best when clean and straight. Look for loose or corroded connections, leaking capacitor(s), dirty contactors, frayed wires. Make sure the condensate drain is clean along with the drip tray on the evaporator, and check those coils and fins for debris, clean as required. If it doesn't gravity drain, make sure that the condensate pump works. Most anything else requires tools or test equipment most DIY'ers don't have.
Important note - I'm not a pro
Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013
You should drain the system by opening up the service valves and allowing the refrigerant to vent to the atmosphere in a plume that rises above your house. Be sure someone from the EPA is there to record the event for you.
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[B]No, plumbing ain't rocket science. Unlike rocket science, plumbing requires a license[B]
Hence Tom Sawyer! Come on guys....
I am definitely not a pro plumber, but I am a pro crastinator
Sorry to bother you guys then. later.
Didn't bother me either, but I was hoping something other than content-free generic postings (like this one). Is it too much to ask?