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DIY Projects Should Not Include Heater Repair!

Three Reasons Why a Homeowner Should Never DIY HVAC Repair

Many people prefer to work on their own schedule and do their own thing, so many like to do projects themselves rather than hire someone. People tend to use the excuse that it is a money-saving technique, and while the financial cost may seem less at the time, a DIY mistake can cost more than hiring a professional. This is especially true when it comes to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, or HVAC, systems. This blog will share three reasons homeowners should leave heating and cooling repairs, installations, and maintenance to professionals.  

Homeowners May Misdiagnose the Problem

proIf a homeowner is tempted to take apart their heater and look for the source of the problem, they should remember that HVAC technicians are trained to find the problem in ways that a DIYer is not. Misdiagnosis is one of the most common mistakes an untrained person will make. If one considers the number of things that can cause a heater to not reach optimal temperature, for example, it is easy to see how a mistake can occur. The following parts in a heater are just some of the components that can contribute to heating issues in a home:

  • Air filter
  • Fuel source
  • Heating element
  • Heat exchanger
  • Thermostat
  • Ventilation

Figuring out which piece of the engineering puzzle isn’t working can sometimes be difficult, even for a trained professional. But the professional has the right tools, know-how, and experience to figure it out and implement the right solution to fix the problem. And they won’t make costly mistakes like an amateur can.

The Time Cost

timeA professional is not only trained to do the job, but they are on the clock and will strive to get the work done in a reasonable time frame. When a homeowner is doing their own repair work, there are often only small windows here and there available when they aren’t fulfilling other obligations, and a significant amount of time must be spent researching how to make repairs. 

HVAC technicians see issues with heating systems daily and have likely encountered similar problems on many occasions, allowing them to diagnose and fix the issue quickly. If a homeowner calls on a professional HVAC contractor to do the work, they will get their free time back to do the things that are more important to them.

Protection With Insurance 

If a homeowner is doing a DIY project and makes a mistake or, worst case scenario, is injured due to an unforeseeable accident, that cost will fall squarely on their shoulders. Not only will the homeowner have to pay for their medical bills, but they will also have to pay for the home repair. 

Thus, one of the big reasons for hiring professional HVAC contractors is that they are insured. Their insurance covers both damages to property and injury to their workers, so the homeowner carries no responsibility beyond paying for the completed work. 

About Gresham Heating and Air Conditioning

Gresham Heating and Air Conditioning have more than 30 years of experience serving Gresham, OR, and the surrounding communities. They provide upfront pricing, fast response, and membership plans. Call them today for heater repair in Gresham, OR

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