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Why DIY HVAC Repairs Can Be Dangerous

March 10, 2022 | Blog

Heating and air conditioning problems are always a hassle, but even the smallest issues should be addressed by a professional technician as soon as possible. Often, the challenge of a DIY HVAC repair may be very tempting. Especially for seasoned do-it-yourself-ers, DIY jobs are great to save time and money. But, an improper, erroneous HVAC repair can jeopardize your safety and well-being.

Professionals, like our team at Efficient Systems, have the necessary skills, knowledge and tools to perform any of your Beaumont AC repair needs. We also want you to be aware of the dangers surrounding DIY HVAC repairs before it’s too late. Don’t let it develop into a larger, more complicated, expensive problem in your system.

High-Voltage Electricity

HVAC systems include high-voltage electrical components to efficiently, safely operate at peak capacity. To avoid fatal electrocution, service technicians wear safety gear when repairing a unit. They are also trained to avoid damage caused by electrical fires, sparks or burnt wires.

Each component in the unit connects, so damage to any part can cause the entire system to malfunction. This could result in much larger problems, safety hazards and more costly repairs.

Natural Gas Lines

The majority of U.S. residents use natural gas to heat their homes, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Natural gas is highly flammable, requiring cautious handling. Licensed HVAC techs are qualified to operate in and around homes with natural gas. They do so using the appropriate safety equipment and precautions.

Mishandling or damaging natural gas lines can result in a fire, explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Harmful Chemicals

Heating and air conditioning units also operate using dangerous chemicals. The most commonly handled toxic HVAC chemical is refrigerant. Your unit uses this to condition hot air into cool air, before pushing it into your home. Service pros have experience safely handling and disposing of any hazardous chemicals in your unit. And before legally performing any repair work, they must become EPA certified.

When improperly handled or disposed of, highly-poisonous chemicals in your AC unit can cause severe health problems, death and contribute to environmental pollution.

Other Risks Of DIY HVAC Repair

Voiding Your Warranty

Warranties for labor and damaged parts are often included when using contractor services. But, most, if not all, warranties are only valid on a system maintained and repaired by a professional. Attempting to repair the system yourself will void the warranty. This means future repairs for any damage caused will have to be paid at full price.

Trying to save time and money with a DIY HVAC repair will end up costing you more in the long run. Either in the form of extra repair costs or medical expenses, if you get injured during the process.

Misidentifying The Problem

In order to fix a problem with your AC unit, you must first correctly identify the issue. Professional techs know how to thoroughly inspect the system and pinpoint which of its many components is causing the problem(s). They also have the proper equipment and knowledge to perform the repair quickly and safely.

“Fixing” the wrong part will end up costing you more time and money. You will likely end up calling a service tech to complete the repair, and pay full price after voiding your unit’s warranty.

Equipment Efficiency

In the case that you accurately identify the issue and are able to make your unit heat or cool again, the system may not be running efficiently. Experienced techs know how to make the proper adjustments that are essential to keep your unit operating at peak efficiency.

When your HVAC unit isn’t operating efficiently it strains to run effectively, which will cost you more in the long run – either with higher utility bills or future repairs and breakdowns.

Dodge The Danger

Don’t risk these expensive, sometimes fatal, dangers for the sake of relishing in the challenge of attempting a DIY project. Our ironclad guarantees and shield of protection maintenance program have made Efficient Systems locally trusted to perform HVAC services since 1979. We can handle any HVAC repair, tune-up or installation you need!

Contact us today, for your safety and peace of mind!

Why Choose Efficient Systems?

We guarantee that the equipment we have installed will perform as we have stated, or we will remove it and return 100% of your investment.
If we do not have your new system operating by the date promised, we will pay you $500 for your inconvenience.
You will save a minimum of 30% on your heating and cooling costs or we will refund double-the-difference of your savings not realized during the first year.

What Our Customers Have To Say

Very Professional

James was very professional and knowledgeable. Fixed the unit quickly and explained the process and effects of the repair/maintenance. Will always call ES from now on! Very happy with the work.

Joni N.

Top Notch Service

James, the technician was very efficient and professional. Our attic space is very challenging to access and he managed to survive the adventure stoically! Did a great job of explaining system status and what was checked. Top notch overall.

Jim L.

Outstanding Service

105 heat index day and AC not working correctly. Ryan Boyles was the tech that came to help. Diagnosed problem very quickly and fixed the issue. Looked at warranty package and determined the repair was warranty work…so NO charge. Outstanding.

Roy O.