If you enjoy tackling do-it-yourself maintenance, repairs and improvements, owning a home gives you a wide variety of opportunities. When issues crop up with your home’s heating or cooling, you might be tempted to take on DIY HVAC repairs too. Diagnosing and fixing your heat pump, furnace, air conditioner or other component of your HVAC system is something you should avoid for the following good reasons:
HVAC Repairs Require Knowledge and Expertise
HVAC systems are complex with a lot of interconnected components and parts, and it takes years of specialized training and experience to learn how to repair them properly. Even if you spend hours watching videos and reading about HVAC repair online, you can easily make a mistake that impacts the equipment’s reliability, performance or efficiency. The possible adverse effects on one of your home’s most costly and crucial systems makes hiring a trained professional a wise choice.
Making DIY Repairs Can Jeopardize Safety
When you work on an HVAC system, you’re bound to encounter gas, pressurized refrigerant and/or electricity. This creates a real risk of fires or explosions, shocks or electrocution, or a gas or refrigerant leak that puts your family’s well-being and safety in jeopardy.
You Could Lose Your Warranty Coverage
If you still have warranty coverage on your HVAC equipment, you can lose that protection against factory defects by making your own repairs, since manufacturers typically require that they’re completed by an authorized professional.
DIY Repairs Can Waste Significant Time and Money
If you’re hoping to save time and money, attempting HVAC repairs yourself can end up costing you both. Troubleshooting unfamiliar equipment can take a lot of time, then there’s the cost of any specialized tools you’ll need and necessary replacement parts. Even worse, you can cause accidental damage that requires an additional repair. When you consider that you’ll likely be without heating or cooling at the same time, leaving HVAC repairs to a reputable pro makes the most sense.
Contact us at Detmer and Sons and let us help you avoid the hassles and headaches of attempting DIY HVAC repairs in your Dayton home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Dayton, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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