What Are the Dangers of DIY HVAC Repairs & Maintenance? 

May 6, 2022 | Blog, DIY, HVAC, Lewis Center, Lewis Center-Powell, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Powell, Repair

With today’s technology, it is so easy to type in a search bar the reason your air conditioner is not turning on or why your furnace is making loud noises. If you consider yourself an avid DIYer, this might be something you can relate to. But unless you are a licensed professional, it’s crucial you leave HVAC repairs to the service professionals. There are many things that can go wrong when choosing to fix your HVAC system by yourself. So please keep reading the following from Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air to better understand the dangers of DIY HVAC repairs and maintenance.

What are the Risks to Your HVAC System?

It’s normal to get caught up in one thing while you are focused on trying to fix another. But remember that your residential HVAC system is made up of many different components. Therefore a common thing that happens when a homeowner decides to take on the job themselves is that while they are trying to resolve one issue, another problem arises. Then a disastrous snowball effect occurs, and it turns into one thing after another. You will find yourself left frustrated and scratching your head. What started as what seemed like a simple fix to you can quickly transform into a larger issue. And you will still end up having to call a service professional. More than likely, the costs will be more extensive in the end, and you run the risk of damaging your system even further.

What Will Happen to Your Manufacturer’s Warranty?

Next, you want to think about your warranty. Most manufacturers state in their warranty policies that if any DIY repairs are performed on the unit, your warranty will automatically be voided. So this is an important thing to consider if you insist on continuing the repair yourself.

What are the Dangers for You and Your Family?

Last but certainly not least, a few things can directly affect you and your family’s safety. A few potential things can happen if you are not a licensed professional and go the DIY route. For example, poison can occur by inhaling carbon monoxide or gas fumes. Also, a house fire or explosion can happen when electric wires aren’t handled properly. Household fires can also happen due to mishandling of gas or oil from the furnace. In addition, you can also get electrocuted from an incorrect wiring job. We cannot stress enough how important it is not knowing how to properly repair or maintain your HVAC components. One small mistake can be detrimental to your future. Let your Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air family assist you, and help ease the burden.

What DIY HVAC Projects & Preventative Maintenance Can You Do?

At this point, you might be thinking if there is anything you safely do by yourself. The answer is, “Yes!” There are a few simple things you can do to help maintain your HVAC system.

  1. Change the air filters- The air filters in your HVAC system need to be replaced every 1-2 months. This is a crucial thing to practice routinely due to the air filter’s purpose. When an air filter is left unchanged and allowed to become clogged, it will start confusing and causing issues for the whole HVAC system. 
  2. Clean your thermostat- You can keep your thermostat clear and free from residue and dust build-up. This is such a simple thing to do but so easily overlooked. We suggest wiping down the thermostat to keep the buttons clear of any dust particles that could hinder the thermostat from working correctly. 
  3. Check the thermostat settings- On occasion, it is good to test your thermostat’s settings. Performing this quick test helps to ensure everything is working as it should be and that your HVAC system is still responding to your thermostat when a setting or temperature is changed.
  4. Change your thermostat batteries- Don’t forget about the thermostat batteries! Generally, thermostat batteries last for a while. However, if you don’t remember the last time you did change the batteries, it’s probably been too long. Your thermostat should send out a notification that the battery is low, but if you are not home at the time this happens, you may miss it. Instead, you can prevent this from happening by replacing them before it starts warming up this summer. Coming home to an overheated home due to the thermostat not responding is no fun!

At Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air, we care about you, your home, and your family. It’s essential your HVAC system is maintained properly and stays running smoothly. If you have an issue with your HVAC system and are looking for a heating and cooling service professional you can trust, look no further. We’d feel privileged to serve you. Continue your HVAC journey with us. Reach us at (614) 490-7530, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!

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