What Are the Dangers of DIY HVAC Repairs & Maintenance?

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Being a homeowner requires learning a lot of new skillsets and shouldering many responsibilities concerning your home’s upkeep. However, it can be dangerous to take on HVAC repairs if you are not a licensed service professional like Milford Heating & Cooling. One wrong move can be detrimental to the safety of you and your family. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the harm and dangers of DIY HVAC repairs. So please continue reading as we discuss the risks involved by choosing to do it yourself.

What Happens to the Manufacturer’s Warranty When I Do My Own Repairs?

If you are thinking about going the cheaper route and attempting an HVAC repair on your own, might we tempt you to reconsider? Performing a DIY repair on your HVAC system will most likely void your manufacturer’s warranty. Most manufacturer warranties contain a clause in the fine print that if any self-repairs are performed on your furnace or AC unit, the warranty will be voided. For this reason, we want to stress the importance of being aware of how this can affect you and your HVAC system should any self-repairs go awry. When in doubt, always call a service professional!

What Are the Dangers of DIY Repairs?

There are so many components that make up your whole home HVAC system. So depending on the repair and part you are trying to fix, numerous things can go wrong when doing it yourself. For example, furnaces fueled by gas or oil are highly flammable. Air conditioning units have refrigerants that contain hazardous chemicals. In addition, your HVAC system has multiple wires that spark electrical fires if not done right. For this reason, it is crucial to have a NATE-certified technician perform any repairs on your units. Risking safety hazards like these is just not worth it. You and your family’s safety is our top priority!

What Kind of Preventative Maintenance Can I Do on My Own?

If you have a “do it yourself” attitude and like to get things taken care of on your own, rest assured there a still a few things we believe every homeowner can do on their own.

  1. Install or Add Insulation- Insulation keeps the air inside your home and prevents it from escaping. Therefore, it is essential your attic, crawl spaces, and other areas of your home that require insulation have the correct amount. It is recommended insulation be 10-14 inches thick. So if your home could use more insulation, this is a project that you can absolutely take on!
  2. Change Your Air Filters- You don’t have to wait for a service professional to change your air filters. We recommend that you don’t wait. Air filters should be changed every 1-2 months. Due to the effect a dirty air filter can have based on your home’s indoor air quality, air filters must be frequently swapped out for fresh ones.
  3. Clean Your Outside AC Unit- The outdoor unit, also known as the condenser, can get dirty with leaves, pollen, and other outdoor air particles. This is a DIY job you can perform. Just make sure you turn off the unit before cleaning it!

Have you been searching for a local heating & cooling company you can trust? If so, look no further! Milford Heating & Cooling would love to serve as your trusted HVAC service provider. Whatever need you have, or whatever HVAC concern comes up, we are ready and willing to help! As a plus, we are open 24/7, 365 days a year. So what are you waiting for? Join the Milford Heating & Cooling family today! Call (513) 655-5112, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!

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