The Dangers of DIY HVAC SERVICES

DIY projects often come with a lower price tag, saving money on labor…which greatly affects the overall cost of professional HVAC repair or replacement. But there are many ways that DIY HVAC repairs or installations can go wrong, prompting homeowners to get a professional technician to do the work all over again.

When this happens, you might have to spend more, particularly if your HVAC unit sustained any damage during your attempts to fix it yourself. Aside from wasting time and money, DIY HVAC services also put your comfort and safety at risk.

Here are the dangers of DIY HVAC services:

1. Your safety is compromised

Your heating or cooling system may contain refrigerant, electrical elements, and sharp edges, so there are risks involved in addressing HVAC issues without proper training and equipment.  

The average DIY-er will compromise their safety, since HVAC units can cause shortages, gas leaks and fires if improperly installed or repaired. An HVAC system that isn’t properly vented may also cause poisoning from inhalation of carbon monoxide or gas fumes.

HVAC professionals, on the other hand, are properly trained, licensed, and insured. In case of accidents, the homeowner is protected.

2. The unit’s efficiency is compromised

Mistakes affect not only your comfort and safety, but also your unit’s efficiency (and your budget).

HVAC units that aren’t in optimal condition will consume more energy, but will become ineffective in doing their job. For example, an inefficient unit won’t remove pollutants and odors as much as an efficient unit will.

You’ll have to pay higher utility bills, but suffer reduced comfort.

3. The problem is misdiagnosed

As a DIY-er, troubleshooting an HVAC issue alone can take time, even if you have  access to video tutorials online. Sometimes, the process can get long and arduous, even for an experienced technician.

You may also need to buy specialized tools to replace or remove a damaged part, only to realize at the end that the problem has been misdiagnosed.

At this point, you might end up causing more damage, which can result in more expensive repairs for the problems that could’ve been avoided if you called a professional.

Professional HVAC Services You Can Rely On

Doing HVAC jobs yourself is an opportunity to save money. But if you’re overestimating your strength and skill set, you might be putting your home’s safety at risk. A botched repair job may even damage your home.

We can keep this from happening! With a Good Guy in your corner, you have someone with the right skills, knowledge, and tools to properly install your unit or do the necessary repairs right the first time. We’re also licensed and insured, so if the unexpected happens, you’re covered.

Contact us today to get started! We offer custom HVAC solutions to turn your home into an oasis of comfort, with your unique needs and budget in mind. We can help you, from installation to HVAC cleaning.

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