September 8, 2006, Newsletter Issue #8: Important Precautions When Repairing Your Air Conditioning

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Installing replacement appliance parts in Emerson air conditioners, Hampton Bay air conditioners, Amana air conditioners, etc. can be relatively simple so long as you remember a few simple rules that all air conditioning professionals follow.

1. The first step is so important that maintenance manuals capitalize all the letters: Disconnect All Power, or DAP for short. Never attempt to install appliance parts in any air conditioning unit that is still plugged in.

2. Wear insulated gloves and safety goggles. If you are installing a fan motor, for example, you will come in contact with sharp edges such as coil fins.

3. When installing appliance parts, you may be required to move or adjust coils and tubes. Never break or bend these tubes, as they contain refrigerant. If you do accidentally release some refrigerant, the gloves and goggles will help protect you from it.

4. You may need to refer to your original schematic or owner's manual in order to properly install appliance parts in your air conditioning unit. If you don't have these items, do a keyword search online for your make and model number and the phrase "owner's manual" or schematic.

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