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Long-Term Investments and the Cons of DIY HVAC Repairs

If you like taking on do-it-yourself improvement projects around your home, you might be tempted to tackle DIY HVAC repairs too. Before you do, it's important to remember that your HVAC system and its various components are critical for your family's comfort, and it's one of your home's most costly systems.

Here are some cons of going the DIY route so you'll understand why hiring an experienced HVAC contractor for repairs is a wiser investment:

You Can Make Unintentional, Costly Mistakes

You might think that you can get the basics of HVAC repair down by watching videos and reading online, but it takes lengthy training and practical experience for a technician to become proficient at diagnosing and repairing HVAC equipment. Without that knowledge and hands-on experience, it's easy to make a mistake that has long-term repercussions for your system's performance, reliability and energy efficiency.

You'll Probably Void Your Equipment Warranty

HVAC manufacturers warranty their products against failures due to factory defects, but they usually require proof that all maintenance and repairs were performed by a licensed professional before they'll honor a claim. Attempting HVAC repairs yourself could cost you this coverage if your equipment is still under warranty.

You Can Jeopardize Your Family's Safety

Your HVAC system runs on electricity and/or gas, and it contains pressurized refrigerant. A lack of expertise working with these three elements can result in a deadly explosion or house fire, hazardous gas or refrigerant leak, or a life-threatening electrical shock or electrocution.

You Can Waste Considerable Money and Time

If your aim is saving time and money with DIY repairs, this can easily backfire. You can invest a lot of time in troubleshooting a problem, spend money on parts that may or may not solve the issue, and have to buy specialized tools as well. If you make a mistake that damages the system, you can also face a much higher repair bill when you finally decide to call in a pro.

Instead of attempting DIY HVAC repairs in your North San Diego-area home, contact us at Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air for skilled, dependable service.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).