What Are the Dangers of DIY HVAC Repairs & Maintenance?

What Are the Dangers of DIY HVAC Repairs & Maintenance?

May 16, 2022 | Blog, Finneytown, HVAC, IAQ, OH, Ohio

If your HVAC system breaks down, you may be inclined to fix it yourself. Especially now that there are so many DIY instructions accessible to you. Finneytown Heating & Cooling wants to ensure that you understand the risks of performing DIY repairs and maintenance before attempting any on your own. We don’t want our loyal customers to risk injury or waste time, energy, and, most importantly, money.

What Are the Threats of Repairing or Maintaining Your HVAC System Yourself?

Not everyone is aware that their HVAC system is a complex piece of equipment requiring years of experience and hands-on training to maintain, operate, and repair. On top of that, your home’s HVAC system relies on electricity to function. If the electrical wiring in your property is misconnected, it can provide electrical shocks, explosions, or even fires. When it comes time to repair or maintain your HVAC system, many strong chemicals are utilized, including refrigerants, gasoline, and other combustible fuels. These are all examples of hazardous substances stored in your air conditioning system. With that in mind, working with a specialist is essential for your health and safety, as well as your HVAC system.

What Are the HVAC System DIY Financial Risks?

There are several financial risks associated with your HVAC system. Worsening the damage that has already been done to your system, its overall energy efficiency, and the warranty being voided are all examples of this. Another thing to bear in mind is that your HVAC system is linked to other appliances and parts throughout your house. With that being said, if you damage one component or part of your HVAC system, it might cause damage to another component or can turn into a complete HVAC system failure. Additionally, if you don’t have the required equipment and try to MacGyver or jerry-rig components together, it may have a negative impact on the overall performance of your system. With that being said, most warranties state that your HVAC equipment must be serviced by a professional. If you’re not a trained HVAC technician and attempt to repair your residence’s HVAC system yourself, you run the risk of voiding its warranty. Thus, spending more money in the long run.

What Can You DIY?

We’ve covered everything that homeowners can’t do with their heating and cooling equipment so far; however, we want to offer more guidance to homeowners on what HVAC maintenance and repair tasks they may execute on themselves. This includes cleaning the outdoor air conditioner. This is one of the simplest maintenance projects that homeowners can accomplish themselves. Unfortunately, many people overlook it as a component of their HVAC system because it is exposed to the elements.

Moreover, leaves, branches, and other debris should be removed from the condenser or fan of your Air Conditioner to keep it in good working order. As a result, this will allow for greater airflow and prevent your A/C condenser or fan from becoming clogged. Lastly, homeowners can change the air filters. Keep in mind that homeowners should change their air filters at least once every 1-2 months. Thus, making is a simple maintenance procedure that anybody can manage.

At Finneytown Heating & Cooling, our company’s number one objective is to guarantee the security of our customers. We realize that cutting heating and cooling expenses at the time may prove to be beneficial; however, you should know when to call the experts. Our goal is to equip homeowners with information on what they can accomplish on their own and when it’s appropriate to hire one of our professionals.
Do you have problems with your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system? Perhaps you need help scheduling your spring check-up and cleaning? If that’s the case, call Finneytown Heating & Cooling today at (513) 935-0440, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here!