Your HVAC system requires a lot of care and maintenance. We know you want your HVAC system to run at its best potential and last for as long as possible. However, sometimes AC unit or furnace mishaps still surface, and you may find yourself scrambling to figure out what’s happening. With Google and YouTube being easily accessible, it can be tempting to try and fix the problem yourself, but Loveland Heating & Air wants you to know how dangerous DIY repairs and maintenance can be. Keep reading to understand the risks involved with self-repairing your HVAC system.
How Will DIY Repairs Affect Your HVAC System?
To start, because there are so many components that make up your HVAC system, choosing to perform a repair on your own can lead to many other issues. Trying to fix one problem can result in another issue forming altogether. For this reason, we recommend calling a service professional like Loveland Heating & Air. Our friendly and knowledgeable technicians and installers will get the job done quickly and efficiently. In addition, if you choose to go the DIY route, it may result in you paying more money out of pocket than you initially planned.
How Will DIY Repairs Affect Your Manufacturer’s Warranty?
One essential thing to think about when considering repairing your HVAC system on your own is that most manufacturers have it written in their policy that self-repairs will automatically void your warranty. So, before you take the plunge and start working on your HVAC system on your own, be sure to read the fine print, or you may just end up with a voided warranty!
How Will HVAC Repairs Affect Your Safety?
You and your family’s safety is the number one concern on why we stress the dangers of DIY HVAC repairs. The risks that are involved (but not limited to) are:
- Household fires or explosions may happen from improper handling of electric wiring, oil, or natural gas.
- Electrocution may occur from faulty wiring.
- Poisoning is possible due to the inhalation of gas fumes or carbon monoxide.
What HVAC Projects/Maintenance Can You Take on Safely?
Do you just enjoy doing DIY projects? If that’s the case, you can still do a few things to properly maintain your HVAC system if you feel the desire to do so.
- Change the air filters- We encourage homeowners to replace their air filters every 30-60 days. This keeps the filter unclogged, enabling your HVAC system to distribute air throughout your home evenly.
- Clean your thermostat- It’s good to wipe down your thermostat with a soft cloth regularly. Doing this helps keep dust particles and residue away from the thermostat’s buttons.
- Check the thermostat settings- Test the various settings on your thermostat every so often to ensure your HVAC system responds appropriately to setting changes.
- Change your thermostat batteries- If it’s been a while since you last changed your thermostat’s batteries, you can proactively replace them ahead of time. You don’t want to wait until it’s too late and your thermostat shuts off completely, thus leading your HVAC system to power down as well. That’s the last thing you want to happen in the middle of the summer!
So you see, there are many different factors to take into account when considering performing a DIY repair on your HVAC system. It is wise to be aware of what risks you would be taking should you decide to do it yourself. This is why calling a licensed service professional. All our technicians are friendly, knowledgable, and NATE-certified. We would be ecstatic to serve you! So don’t hesitate to contact us. Call Loveland Heating & Air at (513) 216-5913 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!