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3 Reasons to Avoid DIY HVAC Repairs


August 25, 2021


Sometimes, your HVAC system could fail unexpectedly and at the worst possible time. For instance, your heating system could fail when the cold season is approaching. As a result, you may be tempted to try and perform the repairs yourself.
For starters, you may want to save some money if you can avoid professional repairs. Also, your focus could be on finding an immediate solution to keep your home warm and cozy. While you may think a DIY plan is a quick fix to your troubles, you could actually do more harm than good if you’re not sure what you should do.
Moreover, you may risk serious injury to yourself or your family if anything goes wrong. Learn more about the risks of DIY repairs and how they can affect your system’s performance.
1. You Might Make the Wrong Diagnosis  
Sometimes, a problem with your HVAC system might not be too obvious. Only an in-depth inspection can uncover the root cause of the issue.
Your HVAC system is a cumulative network of several key components that work together to give you the right amount of comfort. If one of these components has a problem, the rest of the system will probably not work as effectively as you’d expect.
However, without any professional experience, you may not know exactly what to look for if you choose DIY repairs. As a result, you’re more likely to repair the wrong thing. Not only could you create more problems for yourself, but you may also waste your time and effort trying to repair your system.
You shouldn’t gamble with your investment if you want to avoid making things worse. Contact your HVAC contractor instead for a more accurate diagnosis and thorough repairs.
2. You May Endanger Your Safety 
A working HVAC system involves several mechanisms that may pose a danger if you try to perform complex repairs yourself. Unfortunately, these dangers don’t just put you at risk, but your whole household as well. Additionally, if a disastrous accident were to happen, your home could also suffer unimaginable damage.
DIY repairs can open you up to the following risks:
  • Electrocution. Your central air conditioning system may draw high voltage electrical power from your electricity mains. If you attempt AC repairs without any electrical know-how, you might trigger a fire or suffer an electrical shock.
  • Body injury. Some repairs may need you to use a ladder to access the faulty parts of your system. You might accidentally fall and suffer serious injuries.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning. If you unsuccessfully attempt to repair your furnace, you could destroy parts of your ventilation system or heat exchanger. As a result, harmful carbon monoxide fumes might leak from your furnace. Carbon monoxide gas can be fatal if it reaches dangerous amounts
    in your home.
  • Freon exposure. The refrigerant in your HVAC system (also known as freon) is especially dangerous
    to human health. Because freon is tasteless and odorless, you might not know whether you’ve been exposed or not until something goes wrong.
These risks not only put your health in danger, but you may still have to spend money on medical expenses if you or your family member falls victim. Avoid such disasters and hire licensed HVAC experts to perform the repairs instead.
3. You Risk Nullifying Your Warranty 
Your HVAC components may come provided with warranties as a guarantee of smooth service and protection. But you may void these warranties if you perform any repairs yourself. Even a seemingly minor fix might invalidate your warranty. Without any protection, you may have to pay for any future repairs from your own pocket.  
Don’t risk worsening a problem by performing HVAC repairs yourself. Instead, reach out to Comfort Solutions
for accurate and reliable repair services.