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The Dangers of DIY HVAC Repairs

Summers in Riverside, California can be unrelentingly hot, and if your air conditioner stops running in the middle of July, you might be tempted to try and fix something on your own. The Internet is full of DIY and how-to guides that might make you think HVAC repairs are easy, but it’s always best to call in a professional. Keep reading to find out why trying to do it yourself is a risky choice.

HVAC Systems Are Complex and Dangerous

Your HVAC unit runs properly based on a balance of electrical components, refrigerant, and mechanical parts. Each of these components has to be working properly and each poses its own inherent risk when separated from the unit. Without the proper understanding of electrical voltage, your DIY handiwork can cause a shock, or worse, electrocution to a person who tries to diagnose a problem. Refrigerant is a dangerous and expensive chemical that requires training and licensing to distribute. As for the mechanical parts, many move at high rates of speed and can easily injure someone.

Faulty Diagnosis Can Lead to Bigger Problems

Specialized training and licensing indicate that your HVAC professionals can understand the whole system together, and how one problem affects another part of the system. Even if you think you’ve diagnosed and found an Internet fix for one thing, you might not know how that will affect something else. What seems simple might lead to something much worse in the future.

You May Void Your Warranty

You can expect your home’s HVAC system to run for a long time. New units come with standard warranties that give you peace and comfort. If a problem does arise, your certified technician can fix it without additional cost to you. But any work by someone who isn’t authorized can void the warranty and cost you in unexpected and expensive repairs. It’s likely a professional could spot a DIY job right away.

When problems arise, don’t DIY. Call Hush Air Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more about our services at 951-373-3784 to do repairs right.

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