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The Risks to DIY Heating Repair

There are reason you should hire a professional when it comes to certain things around your home. One of these being repairing your ailing furnace. While winter comes with plenty of extra expenses, such as holiday gift-giving and higher heating bills, attempts to save money through DIY repair to a problematic furnace may become more costly that investing in expert repairs provided by a trained HVAC technician. Here are some reasons to hire a pro instead of doing it yourself.

Risk 1: You Could Damage Your HVAC System

If you don’t know a heat exchanger from a flue, your knowledge and ability to successfully repair a home heating system is compromised. Without the expertise, experience, or right tools, you may misdiagnose the problem, potentially making it worse.

The rise of YouTube DIY tutorials has given plenty of homeowner the confidence to attempt repairs on their own. But these repairs can come at a steep price. While you will have to pay an HVAC technician for a service call, parts, and repairs, a professional fix doesn’t come with the damage risks a do -it -yourself job does.

Risk 2: You Could Hurt Yourself

The old saying, “you can buy new things, but there is only one you” comes into play. A home’s heating system is complex enough and comes with potential fire, shock, explosion and other dangers. The wrong fix or an improperly done job could result in serious safety hazards like a natural gas leak, carbon monoxide issues, fire, or other risky issues.

Unless you have extensive professional knowledge, you’re best to leave HVAC issues to the experts. Bryant technicians know how to navigate the system and avoid injuries. This includes using the proper parts, and tools to complete the repair of your system’s electrical wiring, combustible gases and moving parts.

Risk 3: You Could End Up Cold

The winter temperatures in Lincoln NE can dip down to frigidly low levels. Without a working heating source your home’s interior can become nearly as chilly as the outdoor temps before long.

Not only is an excessively cold home uncomfortable, but it could pose risks to your health – especially if you’re elderly or live with an aging adult. The same goes for young children or those with chronic health conditions and respiratory illnesses.

Worse can be the safety hazards homeowners will cause with temporary heating sources. Space heaters when used cautiously can be safe, however used without regard to combustibles nearby or your home’s electrical limits, can become risky. Using the oven as a source of heat is not a safe option, neither are gas heaters of any kind.

A HVAC professional can make the necessary repairs quickly allowing you to bring temperatures in your home back to comfortable and safe levels.

Risk 4: Damage To Your Home

Not only can a cold home make you uncomfortable or sick, but it can also cause harm to your home. Allowing temps in the home to continue to drop can cause plumbing, electrical or issues with woodwork in the home.

Most often when a homeowner looses heat in their home for an extended time their first worry is their plumbing pipes and right fully so. A frozen pipe can cause major issues. Some are instantly obvious while a small leak cause from a freeze damage can go unnoticed for a significant amount of time causing major costly damage.

Unfortunately steps taken to keep the plumbing with other heating sources can cause more issues like fire due to overloaded electrical circuits and fault breakers.

If your heating problem lingers on long enough and the home stay clod for an extended period of time it is likely your home’s woodwork can dry out and cause cracking, shrinking and gaps to appear.

Do you need an expert to repair your home’s heating system? Contact Bryant Air Conditioning, Heating, Electrical & Plumbing.