Handling a few routine renovations or upgrades can be a source of pride and economy for homeowners. And if you’re the handy sort, you’ve probably tackled any number of home improvement projects around your house. Doing the work yourself can help you save time, money, and frustration, but when it comes to your HVAC system, sometimes you’re better off calling in a P-R-O than relying on Do-It-Yourself, or DIY.
The Dangers of DIY
While some DIY projects are easily handled regardless of experience or skill, your HVAC system can be a bit of a minefield for the unprepared or inexperienced. Some tasks, such as checking, cleaning, or replacing your filter or keeping your vents free from dust can be readily handled by most homeowners, but when it comes to more extensive issues, you’ll probably want to reach out to a trained and licensed professional. Consider the following:
It’s Electric! No, we’re not talking about a dance craze from the ’80s. We’re talking about your HVAC system, and its dependence on electrical wiring. Even moderately powerful HVAC systems can have high voltages and amperages, so unless you’re a licensed electrician, electrocution is a real and very dangerous risk. If your system is kicking its circuit breaker regularly or you notice thermostat-related problems with your system, it’s time to call in the pros. Electrical issues not only compromise your system’s performance and create a risk of electric shock, but can also be a fire hazard.
Small Problems Can Grow Quickly. From the condenser unit to the blower to the assorted chemicals that may be present in your particular system, an HVAC system is a complex mechanism that requires not just mechanical skill, but in-depth knowledge and experience to repair effectively. Often, a small problem, such as sluggish air flow, might be due in part to dirty ductwork, but may also have a more troubling concurrent cause in a malfunctioning component in the core of the system. An HVAC pro can provide a comprehensive analysis of any issues and help make sure the whole problem is addressed quickly and thoroughly.
Ductwork Can Be Daunting Depending on the type of HVAC system you have, your home may have a veritable labyrinth of ductwork concealed behind its walls and inside its floors and ceilings. An HVAC expert will have the tools and experience needed to examine, clean, and repair your ductwork without risking any unnecessary damage to your home—or yourself!
Why Choosing an HVAC Pro Matters
Unlike your average Texas homeowner, a reputable and dependable neighborhood HVAC expert will likely be licensed, insured, and thoroughly trained in their area of expertise. They’ll also have access to specialized tools and techniques that make servicing your HVAC system much easier—and safer—than it would be for even the most enthusiastic amateur. Plus, a quality professional usually offers a warranty or guarantee on the work they do.
You don’t have to go it alone when dealing with HVAC issues! If you’re facing a home heating or cooling issue that’s outside your wheelhouse, reach out to your local HVAC professional and schedule an appointment. Calling in a pro not only makes things easier for you, but can help save you money and time—and maybe even help protect your health and sanity.