Many people who are handy with tools and successfully tackle common household fixes often wonder about taking on DIY HVAC repairs, too. It’s understandable to want to take a proactive role in home maintenance matters, as well as reduce costs of upkeep wherever possible.
However, the heating and cooling systems in today’s houses are not designed and engineered for do-it-yourself maintenance and repair. Professional HVAC field technicians arrive at your door already qualified by training, certification and on-the-job experience to diagnose and resolve any issues. This is the level of expertise the job demands and you, as a consumer, deserve.
Before you decide to take on DIY HVAC repairs, here are four reasons to think twice:
You’re not equipped.
A home workshop is very unlikely to include the specialized tools and technology utilized daily by HVAC field techs to troubleshoot and repair today’s complex, energy-efficient furnaces and central air conditioners. Reputable HVAC contractors invest considerable resources in updating the equipment required to do the job to industry standards.
Furnaces involve flammable natural gas under pressure, high-temperature burners and toxic combustion gases. Central air conditioner components, particularly the compressor and fans, run off of high voltage electricity and produce pressurized refrigerant gas. Amateur work that does not meet industry safety standards can pose risks after the fact, as well, continuously endangering occupants of the house with fire hazards and/or deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
Higher costs in the long run.
An HVAC system repaired by an untrained do-it-yourselfer will very likely not meet manufacturer specs for energy efficiency. An under-performing system will actually cost you more every month in higher operating costs.
You’ll void the warranty.
Most manufacturers of HVAC equipment include restrictions in the warranty that require all work to be performed by certified professional HVAC technicians. This includes routine annual preventive maintenance as well as repairs. Should you need warranty service, you may be required to show evidence that prior work was performed by qualified professionals, not a do-it-yourselfer.
Avoid the perils of DIY HVAC repairs by contacting the service professionals at Cool Power.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about service and maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.
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