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Can I Repair My Furnace Myself?
Even if you are a self-proclaimed DIY-er, unless you are a licensed HVAC technician, you should never attempt to repair your furnace yourself. While your desire to save a few bucks by fixing it yourself (so you can buy those extra Christmas presents, of course) is totally understandable, don’t. It isn’t worth it. There are two huge reasons why you should leave furnace repairs to the professionals.
1. A botched furnace repair will cost more than having it done professionally.
“But I won’t mess it up!” you say. Maybe you are right. If you are wrong, however, you could face a serious increase in the price of your repair. You’ll have to purchase new parts (again), or you may even have to replace the entire furnace. Let’s face it. The Internet is full of misinformation, and while you may follow every direction to the letter, something could still go very wrong.
Of course, in this case, the phrase “Time is money” also applies. A licensed HVAC professional can troubleshoot and repair your furnace quickly and efficiently because he or she already knows what to do. Even a simple repair will take time to research, purchase materials, and conduct if you attempt it yourself. Don’t waste hours or days fixing the furnace when we can do it for you.
2. DIY furnace repair isn’t worth the safety risk.
This is the main reason why you shouldn’t attempt a DIY furnace repair. While yes, a furnace repair or replacement can be costly, no price could outweigh the value of your life and the lives of your family. This can’t be stressed enough.
What makes DIY furnace repairs dangerous? Furnaces, by definition, are sources of heat. They burn fuel to produce heat for your home (you can read more about how a furnace works here). This fuel can cause fires and even explosions. Repairing an electric furnace could lead to accidental electrocution.
Another very real danger associated with DIY furnace repair is carbon monoxide exposure. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Because of this, you could expose yourself and your family to dangerous carbon monoxide gas while repairing your furnace and not even realize it.
Just make the call. Have a professional fix your furnace.
The importance of having a professional repair your furnace can’t be stressed enough. No matter how handy you are, in this case, doing it yourself simply isn’t worth the risk. If you suspect your furnace is in need of repair (here are some good indicators), please call a professional.