You might be exceptionally handy around the house or “know a guy” who can perform minor repairs but when it comes to the bigger projects, homeowners are wise to leave that to the experts. Experienced technicians know the ins and outs of these complicated systems because they work on them every day. Not to mention they come equipped with all the tools and technology to do the job correctly. HVAC maintenance and repairs are usually more complicated than other odd jobs. Since your comfort depends on it, it is critical to give your heating and cooling system the proper attention it needs.
Before you start a DIY repair, be honest with yourself: do you know what you are doing? If you mess up a DIY project, you will end up paying more money to hire a professional to fix the damage you’ve done in addition to the cost of the original work that needed to be done. Keep in mind that you might void any warranties if you try to fix a problem yourself rather than hiring an expert that stands behind his work!
Below are some examples of times that you should call a professional:
THERMOSTAT: When your thermostat is not working correctly, it can cause your system to misinterpret the actual temperature of your home. This might cause the system to run when it shouldn’t or not run when you need it to. HVAC technicians can help you recalibrate or replace your thermostat. They can also explain the advantages and disadvantages of various types of thermostats.
SYSTEM INSTALLATION: A comfort advisor can help you determine the best size and model to heat or cool your home and a team of experienced installers can ensure that the unit is properly installed according to code and running as efficiently as possible to save you money on your heating and electric bill.
DUCT WORK: In the long run, you will save money by calling a professional to locate and repair any ductwork leaks that make your HVAC system work more but produce less.
AIR BALANCING: The majority of the value of an air balance is invisible so you cannot really just trust your gut on this. Technicians have the tools and experience to balance systems efficiently and correctly the first time.
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