Let’s talk about tools – specifically, tools you can use to make a DIY AC repair. Some of these tools may already be in your toolbox, and some you may need to buy. Either way, all five that we will talk about are great to have around the house.
A drill is a very common tool and also one of the most useful. It makes almost any job involving screws require less time and energy. With the right drill bits, removing panels from an HVAC unit will be easy. If you don’t have a drill, don’t break the bank buying a fancy one. There are plenty of good options at reasonable prices.
HVAC units all have some sort of plumbing, nuts and bolts. This means that you are going to need pliers. They allow you to get into hard to reach places, grab on tight and twist whatever it is that needs loosening or tightening. When considering what pliers to get, a set of pliers with variety is the best way to go. This will ensure you have the right one for the job.
A tool that everyone should have at hand is a screwdriver. They are great for HVAC repair and most things that might require maintenance in your home. There are lots of different types of screwdrivers, but one of the best ones is one that will allow you to switch out the head with any drill bit. This will allow you to adapt to any situation. If you decide to go old school, get a Philips screwdriver and a flathead one, as well.
A multimeter is often overlooked as a household tool, but it can be very useful. It measures voltage, electricity and voltage. These three things can help to determine why something isn’t receiving power. All HVAC professionals carry them – and so should you. While they can be pricey, they are very durable and last for a long time, so they are a worthwhile investment.
Working with an air conditioning unit may not seem dangerous, but it can be if you’re not careful. Gloves will protect your hands from possible sharp edges of panels, electrocution if there is a problem with the wiring and leaking refrigerant. A pair of durable, yet light, insulated gloves will protect you while you work.