Things to leave to your HVAC professional

HVAC DIY

Things to leave to your HVAC professional

HVAC DIY

DIY projects are popular after being cooped up in the house for so long. For the DIY person in you, it would be tempting to evaluate, install, or fix a malfunctioning HVAC system.

Unfortunately HVAC isn’t one of the house parts that you should fiddle with without detailed knowledge or training in the field.

While you can certainly find sections of the HVAC system that you can evaluate for effectiveness, it is best to leave the installation and repair of these to the professional. And here are a few reasons for that.

DIY on your AC or furnace could end up costing you more

HVAC systems may seem like simple straightforward systems, but they are in fact, technically complex systems.

HVAC licensed contractors undergo training to evaluate, install, analyze, troubleshoot, and repair these systems in the house.

While it may be appealing to repair or install these systems yourself to save a few dollars, in the long run, they could end up costing you more.

In the worst case scenario, you are endangering yourself to possible electrocution as well.

You may not have all the tools

Having the right tools is important for completing any project successfully. Heating & air conditioners are no different. These appliances require the use of specific tools to fix or repair an HVAC system. These tools are expensive and very specific to these jobs. These aren’t your regular screwdrivers.

If you have never taken apart an HVAC system, we’d highly recommend that you hire a professional qualified contractor for this work.

HVAC repairs aren’t for claustrophobes or arachnophobes!

AC and furnaces generally are installed in the spaces available in a house. Sometimes they are installed in very tight spaces which are accessible only by crawling into the area. These spaces under the attic or under the house can be very small and constricting.

If your unit is installed in a similar tight space and you have a fear of closed spaces, call your HVAC technician to help you with it.

Attics and crawl spaces are also spaces that are enjoyed by rodents. If you have a fear of these animals, you may not want to tackle this job yourself.

Since these areas aren’t frequently visited, they generally have a lot of spider webs. If you don’t like spiders and don’t like getting caught in webs, leave this job to the professional technician.

Warranty nullifies when you repair your HVAC yourself

If you tinker with your HVAC system, you could nullify the warranty that it came with. You don’t have to spoil the installation to void the warranty. The fact that you, a lay person, tinkered with the HVAC system could be enough to invalidate the warranty of the product or the installation.

This should be enough for you to leave this work to a professional.

HVAC work may require permits

Since HVAC installation and repair work are highly technical, they require a permit. Permit work requires that you hire a licensed contractor who has worker’s compensation and insurance. In case there’s an accident, the worker’s compensation would kick in.

These kinds of work can also have EPA regulations governing them. These have to be adhered to for the whole process to be legal. If you are a weekend DIYer, you better know what you are doing.

If you aren’t aware of all the new regulations on HVAC, it is best that you call your local HVAC technician.

If you wish to give a cursory evaluation to your HVAC system before calling your HVAC technician, here are few articles that can help you with doing basic troubleshooting of your system:

Learn to read the signs that your HVAC is broken.
This article will help you troubleshoot your AC issues.
Is your furnace leaking water? Troubleshoot with this article.
If you suspect a leaky duct, read this article to see if you can diagnose the problem.
Why is my AC leaking condensation?
Does your furnace blow harder in some rooms? Read this blog post to diagnose this pesky issue.
Is your AC making noises? Use this article to diagnose the problem.

If you need to talk to Sal, our resident HVAC technician, to come out give you an evaluation of your system, call (650) 575-3915.