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Don’t Fall for DIY HVAC Tips

Technician wire testing HVAC unitPeople love DIY projects. There are websites dedicated to providing you with tips and tricks about how to do certain projects yourself. Certainly, you can build yourself a new centerpiece, or even paint an old coffee table, but there are some projects that are better left to experienced professionals.

HVAC projects require the hands of a trained technician. Often, doing something yourself leads to further damage. We understand that there are thousands of “how-to” videos online, but HVAC technicians undergo years of training to master their skills. Simply watching a video is not enough training for HVAC repairs.

Now, some of you are still saying to yourself, “I can handle it,” and we knew you’d say that. So, we’ve prepared a list of reasons as to why you should avoid DIY HVAC tips.

Improper Diagnoses

In order to fix an HVAC system, the issue must first be diagnosed. Most symptoms have a variety of potential causes. Often, homeowners make assumptions about what could be wrong, so they end up “repairing” the wrong part! Don’t attempt to diagnose a problem yourself, for it will only cost you time and money. An HVAC pro is trained to pinpoint the exact source of the problem.

Lack of Tools

HVAC repairs require special tools that are used to correctly diagnose and repair problems. Most homeowners do not own the same tools that an HVAC technician carries. Without these tools, you could cause more damage to the HVAC system. The tools that you find in your local hardware store are not capable of fixing complex HVAC systems, like a central AC. Even if you do find the right tools, they’re too expensive to buy and use just once or twice! There is a reason why HVAC companies use vans stocked full of professional equipment.

Loss of Warranty

Deciding to do it yourself may result in a loss of warranties. When you have a warranty on an HVAC system, you are making a deal to schedule regular maintenance provided by an HVAC company. If you cause damage to the system, you will likely lose your warranty. That means when something goes wrong in the future, you’ll be stuck paying the full price of the repair. Scheduling regular maintenance with a technician will let you avoid this issue altogether. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC provides HVAC services in Lawrenceville!

It’s Dangerous

There are many dangers that you should be wary of if you were to attempt a DIY HVAC project. First, HVAC units use high voltage electricity to run. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you will get hurt. Also, many systems use chemicals and refrigerants that are toxic and dangerous if exposed to. Lastly, you run the risk of exposing a gas line. Gas is highly flammable and should only be handled by a professional. They are specifically trained in how to handle a dangerous situation. Most of us would not know what to do if something went dangerously wrong.