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Are cheap DIY A/C recharge kits your friend or foe? Discover the truth!

Using DIY car air conditioning repair kits or hiring unqualified shops for repairs can potentially cause harm in several ways:

  1. Ineffectiveness: Many DIY kits claim to fix common AC problems like leaks or low refrigerant levels. However, these fixes are often temporary and may not address underlying issues. This can lead to ongoing AC problems and is a waste of your time and money. Repair shops sometimes claim to perform AC repairs, but in truth they just use a cheap repair kit with sealant instead of proper testing and repairs.
  2. Incorrect diagnosis: Without proper training and diagnostic tools, DIY'ers may misdiagnose AC issues. For example, assuming a refrigerant leak when the problem lies elsewhere can result  potential damage to the AC system and you're still hot under the collar.
  3. Safety hazards: Working with refrigerants can be hazardous if not done correctly. DIY'ers may accidentally release refrigerant into the atmosphere which is harmful to the environment and illegal. Exposure to refrigerants can also cause skin irritation and respiratory problems.
  4. System damage: Improper handling of AC components during DIY repair or repairs by unqualified repair shops can lead to further damage. For instance, overcharging the system with refrigerant can cause compressor damage or system leaks.
  5. Voided warranty: Attempting DIY repairs can void warranties on AC systems and components. This can result in expensive repairs or replacements that are not covered by the manufacturer or third-party warranty company. I-86 Truck & Auto Repair uses AC seals and stickers on their customer vehicles to identify that any warranty may be voided with tampering.

It is essential to consult with a qualified professional for car AC repairs to ensure proper diagnosis, effective solutions, and compliance with regulations. Call us to schedule your AC consultation and begin the correct testing steps. Our professional certified AC techs will provide you with information and solutions to keep you cool this Summer!

Ronda Whitford, Owner

I-86 Truck & Auto Repair

1739 Lindquist Drive

Falconer NY 14733