Learn What Can Go Wrong While Taking On a DIY HVAC Project

Though Americans have a proud do-it-yourself tradition in a variety of endeavors, are DIY HVAC projects a good idea? Actually, a better idea is to stop and think seriously before you attempt HVAC repairs, upgrades, and maintenance yourself. Today’s furnaces, air conditioners, and associated HVAC components incorporate advanced technology to ensure maximum heating and cooling efficiency, as well as safe operation. Today’s professional HVAC technicians have in-depth training, manufacturer certifications, and real-world experience. While many people rightfully consider themselves “handy” around the house and think they could handle DIY HVAC projects, the fact is, the average homeowner just isn’t a good replacement for a trained HVAC professional.

Here are just a few reasons why DIY HVAC projects are not recommended:

  • Safety hazards. Gas-fired furnaces combust natural gas fuel at temperatures above 3,000 degrees. They also generate deadly carbon monoxide gas. Improper installation or repair can cause a fire hazard or allow carbon monoxide to escape into the house and endanger occupants. Work on a central AC unit, meanwhile, involves hazardous, 220-volt electrical connections and components.
  • Specialized tools are required. Few homeowners are equipped with the advanced technology and expensive professional tools required to work on heating and cooling systems. Work performed with amateur equipment is likely to be substandard, with higher operating costs and poor heating/cooling operation.
  • It will be more expensive. System efficiency and operating costs are directly related to trained, professional installation and service. Any money saved by resorting to do-it-yourself work will likely be lost to higher monthly operating costs and more expensive repairs later.
  • The warranty won’t cover it. Most manufacturer’s warranties stipulate that HVAC components must be installed and serviced by certified professional HVAC contractors only. If an expensive repair or replacement is required, it will not be covered under the warranty, and the do-it-yourselfer will have to absorb the total cost himself.

Avoid the hazards, risk, and expense of DIY HVAC work. For experienced professional service in Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.

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