If you like to take things into your own hands and get a project done yourself, you most likely consider yourself an experienced DIYer. While having the skillset to see things through on your own is a very efficient and beneficial trait, it is essential to be aware of the dangers of performing repairs and maintenance on your HVAC system. Unless you are a licensed service professional, we highly recommend that you call a service professional like Mason Heating & Air for any repairs and concerns you may have. However, you can do a few things to practice proper preventative maintenance. Keep reading as we discuss the dos and don’ts of DIY HVAC repairs.
What are the Potential Dangers of DIY Repairs?
Your HVAC system is composed of multiple components that bring the whole system together to function as a highly complex piece of machinery. From electrical wires to hazardous chemicals, so many factors could cause detrimental harm to your home and family. For example, incorrectly wiring your HVAC system could spark an electrical fire. The chemicals in your air conditioner are quite hazardous and, if not handled properly, and could be harmful to those in the vicinity. Your furnace is most likely gas or oil-fed; therefore, it is flammable. All of these can cause various dangerous scenarios. So if you have any concerns with your HVAC system, please give your Mason Heating & Air family a call. Your safety is our number one priority!
Will Your Warranty Still be Valid After Doing Your Own Repairs?
When considering taking matters into your own hands, one thing to keep in mind is that if you perform a DIY repair on your HVAC system, it will more than likely void your manufacturer’s warranty. Most manufacturers have it in their policy that any DIY repairs done to the unit will automatically void the warranty. So make sure you read the fine print!
What Kind of Projects & Preventative Maintenance Can You Do?
Perhaps you just enjoy taking on home projects. In that case, there are still a few things that you can do to maintain your HVAC system and keep it running smoothly.
- Don’t forget to change your air filters every 30-60 days: Many people think they have to wait for their air filters to be changed by a technician. But this is a job you can tackle all by yourself. We actually recommend that you do as your air filters should be changed every 1-2 months. You don’t need to wait for your next seasonal tune-up & safety check. Of course, our NATE-certified technical will give them a quick check during your next appointment. But if you want to enable your system to run smoothly and keep the air quality in your home raised, continue to change them as recommended.
- You can clean your outdoor condenser: The outdoor unit (also called the condenser) is often forgotten due to its location. However, it’s important your outdoor unit remains clean and kept clear of any loose debris or items that can be considered an obstruction.
- You can install or add insulation if needed: The insulation in your home should be between 10 and 14 inches thick. So if your insulation isn’t this thick, or maybe you just need to install some in certain areas, this is definitely a project you can safely take on if you desire to do so.
Have you been experiencing an issue with your HVAC system that leads you to believe a repair may be necessary? If so, call Mason Heating & Air today. All of our technicians are NATE-certified. When you book an appointment with us, we will send one of our friendly and knowledgeable technicians to your home to diagnose the issues and find a resolution that works best for you and your family. You can reach us at (513) 496-2477 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!