My central air conditioner is eighteen years old, and it constantly breaks down. It is so old that it should’ve been replaced a long time ago, but I don’t want to invest in a new cooling system. The repairs are fairly minor and I am able to usually resolve them myself. When it first started to have issues, I hired a licensed HVAC contractor to handle all the repairs. I quickly realized I couldn’t afford a professional. I then went out and bought an array of specialized tools and watched a lot of how-to videos online. I learned how to charge the refrigerant, replace belts, lubricate the motor, clean the inner workings and change the environment filters. When the air conditioner begins making strange noises, not placing out enough cool air, and smelling badly, I get out there with my tools. I’ve gotten wonderful at making repairs and am able to complete them quite quickly. I can take my air conditioner apart within a few moments. I now know what to take into consideration and can easily diagnose the issue. It is usually the reaction of dust buildup, which blocks air movement, and causes the cooling equipment to work harder. Over time, I have definitely saved quite a bit of money by handling my very own repairs. I’ve gotten to be this expert that my family frequently calls to fix their air conditioners. I wish that I could charge an hourly income. I hope that when the opportunity comes to install a fresh cooling system, I will have the capacity to complete the installation on my own.