What You Can Fix By Yourself & When It’s Best to Call a Pro

DIY jobs are a balancing act. While saving money is important, it’s crucial to weigh the monetary cost against several other factors such as time, safety and complexity of the repair. For example, you may be forced to schedule further heating and AC repairs or even replacement if you attempt a complicated fix. Additionally, if you don’t know your way around an AC unit, you could risk injury!  

However, some jobs are absolutely DIY-friendly.

The important part is knowing when you can safely and confidently perform repairs, and when an expert’s help is necessary. 

Dirty Air Filters

Routinely cleaning or changing your filters is something you can easily do at home and it makes a major difference! 

The filters within your system keep particles such as dust, pollen, dirt and other allergens from circulating throughout your home. However, over time, your filters can become clogged and won’t be able to accommodate any more debris. This allows additional dust and allergens to circulate along with the air you breathe and keeps your system from operating efficiently, which can cause your energy bills to increase significantly. 

Some signs it’s time to change your air filter include:

  • There are signs of dirt or dust within your unit.
  • You or people in your household experience worsening allergy symptoms and/or asthma.
  • The air in your air feels thick or has a dusty odor.
  • You begin to notice more dust accumulating on flat surfaces in your home.

Strange Noises

Rattling and banging sounds coming from your unit most likely mean parts are beginning to come loose. While you can help prevent unnecessary damage by trimming back bushes and foliage at least two feet away from your unit to prevent anything from falling into your AC, diagnosing and fixing rattles and bangs is a job for a professional. Call your friends at Hyde’s to address any strange noises your air conditioning unit is making.


Mold is only able to flourish in cool, damp environments. Therefore, if you see mold growing within your AC, it could very well mean you’ve got a leak on your hands! Even if you clear out the existing mold, it’s only a matter of time before more appears in its place. If you find mold, be sure to contact a professional, as it is a sure sign of more problems brewing beneath the surface! 

Increasing Monthly Bills

If you notice that your energy bills are climbing, try to remember the last time you had routine maintenance. Over time, units that do not receive routine maintenance check ups will become less and less efficient, meaning they have to work harder to deliver the desired level of comfort and you have to pay more to enjoy it! If you haven’t scheduled AC maintenance in a while, consider calling a professional so you can save money and utilize your unit for the entirety of its expected lifespan. 

If you would like to learn more about when it’s safe to DIY and when we recommend calling an expert, give us a call at (760)-360-2202 or fill out a contact form on our website. We also offer an online chat service that allows you to connect directly with one of our knowledgeable representatives. We would be more than happy to help in any way we can!