Is your home heated by a furnace during the winter? Has it been acting up, tempting you to try fixing it yourself? Although you might be otherwise handy and able to fix things around your home, attempting to fix a furnace on your own can be a bad idea. Here are some important reasons why you should consider leaving this task to the professionals instead of trying to do it yourself:
Dangerous: A modern furnace is a complicated system, consisting of many parts. Even for a basic gas furnace, there can be many different sensors and wires, with different voltages, amps and so on. At best, connecting the wrong thing during a DIY furnace repair may cause a short circuit that will destroy some of the more delicate and sensitive electronics. At worst, such a short circuit could completely ruin your whole furnace system. If your furnace is a gas one, and not electric, you could also accidentally cause a gas leak that might trigger a fire or an explosion. Instead of having to worry about whether or not what you're doing is a danger to yourself and your home, let a professional repair technician take care of everything for you.
Incorrect parts: If you believe that your furnace is in need of a particular part, you may discover that these parts are all but impossible to find online. Due to the risks for the average layperson, as stated above, many HVAC and furnace manufacturers will not have most parts available to the public. If you're unfamiliar with furnace repair, you could order what you think is the right part, only to be sent something that is similar but incompatible. Since there are few or no retail places for you to obtain the part you seek, you could also receive a legitimate part that is actually used, but has been cleaned to look like new and hasn't been checked out. Even if you do everything else correctly, being unable to discern the true nature of the part could lead to a bad installation and damage to your furnace system.
Higher costs: Even if you manage to do everything right and not damage your system during your repair process, you may actually be spending more money than you needed to. If you have a home warranty, it often covers the cost of furnace repairs when done by a qualified professional, but not when done by the homeowner. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy. Depending on why the furnace broke, it may be covered by your insurance. The deductible that you'd have to pay making a claim on either your home warranty or your homeowners insurance may actually be significantly less than purchasing all the parts and tools that you need to get the job done.
To learn more, contact a service like Thompson Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.