Updated: Nov 22, 2018
These days, DIY seems to be the easiest option. You can find tutorials online for free that seemingly teach you how to make, repair, or install everything. You may wonder, then, what the point is of hiring an HVAC professional to run maintenance on your heating and cooling if you can just learn to check things out yourself. However, just because you can do DIY HVAC maintenance doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best idea. Here are a few reasons why you might still want to hire a professional:
If you’re not an HVAC professional, chances are you probably won’t catch everything in your DIY HVAC maintenance. Your HVAC contractor might not have caught everything in their first time doing HVAC maintenance, either, but consider that they’ve had years of training and experience. And sure, the things you might miss in your DIY HVAC maintenance check will probably be small, but those small things can have unexpected consequences, particularly when it comes to your HVAC bills. If your HVAC system has to work harder to heat or cool your home, your bills will go up. Thus it helps to have a professional set of eyes on the situation to make sure everything is running smoothly and your bills stay low.
Dealing with HVAC systems also comes with potential safety hazards. Sometimes those online tutorials will warn you about safety precautions that need to be taken, but not always. Often those guides are written by fellow DIY homeowners rather than a professional. A licensed, certified HVAC contractor has undergone training so that they are aware of any potential hazards and exactly how to protect themselves from it. Additionally, HVAC technicians are typically insured, so in the worst case scenario that there’s an injury on the job or any property damage done, you won’t be held liable. If you hurt yourself performing HVAC maintenance, there’s no extra barrier of protection.
The biggest argument for DIY HVAC maintenance is that it’s free, whereas professionals will of course charge a fee. However, you do get what you pay for when you hire a professional HVAC contractor: a keen eye and all of their experience and expertise. If you choose to do your own maintenance and you miss something crucial, you may have to pay for it later. On the other hand, HVAC maintenance and services may be more affordable than you think. Check with your HVAC contractor to see if they offer any discounts at a particular time of year or what their financing options are, so you can find a way to fit professional HVAC maintenance into your budget.
If DIY HVAC maintenance sounds too easy to be true, that might be because it is. There are some things that are still best left to a professional specially trained to notice things about your HVAC system that no one else would. Contact Air Solutions in Bryan-College Station today for preventative HVAC maintenance or to learn more about our financing options.