HVAC Hacks: Tips for Novices and New Homeowners

Reasons To Avoid DIY Furnace Repairs

Many homeowners think they can save money by fixing furnace issues using DIY guidelines and toolkits. While this may translate to considerable savings in the short term, they will have to spend a significant amount of money on extensive repairs or replacements over time. Here are some reasons it isn't advisable to engage in DIY furnace repairs.

Lack of Tools and Expertise

Repairing a furnace requires diagnostic equipment and special tools. Even if you can buy some of these things at an online store, you will spend more money than hiring an expert to fix the furnace.

Furnace technicians come equipped with the right tools and have years of training on how to troubleshoot issues. Therefore, they are less likely to apply the wrong solution. On the other hand, if you use a YouTube instructional video to fix your furnace, you may encounter many problems. 

First, your furnace's components may differ from those illustrated in the YouTube video. Secondly, you may only know what to do if the video's tutorial addresses all the issues affecting your system. If this isn't the case, any trial-and-error attempts may aggravate the problem or damage your system.

Potential Fire Hazards 

Another reason you should avoid DIY furnace repairs is potential fire hazards. Your furnace has a gas line that can quickly start a fire. A technician will ensure your gas furnace is operating correctly and protect your home from dangers caused by gas leaks.

A fire can also break out if you mishandle electrical furnaces. Furnace systems use high-voltage electricity. If you trigger the wrong circuit by chance, you could be seriously injured or even cause a fire. Technicians have safety gear and technical skills to determine which circuits to fix to restore the functionality of your furnace.

DIY Repairs Will Void Warranties

If a component on your furnace breaks, it could be the manufacturer's fault. Therefore, they will compensate you according to the terms of their warranty. In this case, you will not have to pay for new parts or a new heater.

However, if a new furnace malfunctions and you attempt to correct the problem on your own, you could void the system's warranty. This is because manufacturers only recognize licensed professional repairs.

Additionally, for your warranty to be effective, you should show proof that you are protecting your home with professional maintenance. This means you should submit maintenance paperwork from a recognized furnace professional service when making a warranty claim. But if you have been engaging in DIY furnace repairs, your warranty is null and void. 

For more information about furnace repairs, contact a local company.