When you buy a house, you’re taking on one big, lifelong DIY project. Americans are spending more than ever on home renovations in 2016 — $361 billion, to be exact. There are endless tweaks that could help turn your house into the home of your dreams.
However, if you’re considering doing your own repair or upgrade to your HVAC system, you should think again.
Attempting to repair your own HVAC can be a costly endeavor that could do more harm than good. Here are some reasons why HVAC repair should be left to a professional.
HVAC Repair Mistakes Can Be Costly
In 2017, the average HVAC installation costs between five thousand and seven thousand dollars. That’s a lot of money to be toying with if you don’t have professional training as an HVAC technician.
That’s not to say you need to have an entirely hands-off relationship with your system. It’s fine for you to handle tasks like changing the air filters, and you should keep an eye on your system to make sure it’s running as it should.
A helpful hint: if you need tools to accomplish the job at hand, it should probably be left to a professional.
They Can Also Be Dangerous
Tampering with their own HVAC system can be incredibly unsafe for the untrained homeowner.
Any given system is hooked up to a high amount of voltage. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you run a high risk of electrocuting yourself.
HVAC systems are also full of the chemicals and toxic refrigerants used to keep your home comfortable. Coming into contact with these substances could cause anything from skin irritation to painful burns.
Professionals are trained to use proper safety gear, and they know how to handle the components of HVAC repair that can be risky to attempt on your own. Skipping your DIY attempt and going straight to the pros can save you a ton of literal pain and suffering.
Smaller Problems Can Become Big Ones
Even if you think you’re doing it right, tinkering with a complicated air system yourself can cause an even bigger headache.
Repairing your HVAC is not a job that can be done with a screwdriver and a YouTube tutorial. When you hire a professional, your tech will show up with the specialty tools and gear needed to get the job done correctly and safely.
If you attempt to fix your own system, you run the risk of making the problem worse than when you started. The damage you may cause can easily become more costly than hiring a professional in the first place.
A technician will know if a smaller issue is actually a symptom of a larger one, and can intervene before it gets worse.
Tampering with your HVAC can also void your system warranty if you have one. Many warranties require that you hire a professional if you run into any problems.
Trying to handle a problem yourself may nullify that contract.
There are many reasons why hiring a technician instead of attempting a DIY fix is vital for your HVAC system repairs.
Contact us to see how we can help spruce up your system.